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    Guest bedroom or office? Design so you don’t have to decide.

    February 26, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Bedroom with office space

    Until you find your fairytale castle, some of your rooms may have to pull double duty. Here are three tips for making a single room work seamlessly as both your office and a guest bedroom space.

     

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    Most of us would love a house with enough bedrooms for everyone to have their own space, a dedicated play area just for the kids and a home office that inspires work productivity. Also, a maid to clean the mansion of our dreams. But until you find your fairytale castle, some of your rooms may have to pull double duty. Here are three tips for making a single room work seamlessly as both your office and a guest bedroom space.
    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever

    Choose furniture that works hard so you can relax.

    Do you want furniture that serves multiple functions or pieces that can easily be hidden depending on how the room is being used? A sleeper sofa is an obvious multi-use choice. Some even come with built-in storage, which is perfect for stashing extra blankets and pillows. A murphy bed with shelving when it folds up also gives great versatility.

     

    Instead of a traditional desk chair, opt for something with a bit more style that is both comfortable for you to work in and also lounge-like enough for guests to relax in. Bookshelves can double as file storage and nightstands. And we always love an ottoman that can be part storage, part seating, part side table.

     

    If you’re more into hiding what’s not in use, you might try a pretty partition or screen to obscure what’s not needed at a particular moment. You often see this in loft apartments and for good reason. They’re a stylish way to disguise an unmade bed when your bedroom is also your living room is also your kitchen.

     

    Bonus tip: Pair a screen with a bookcase to divide office space from sleeping space. One side can hold your files (or be a nightstand for guests depending on which way you turn it) and the other adds visual interest and covers the less attractive backside of the shelving. The screen could also act as a decorative headboard for your bed.

    Add small details with a big purpose.

    When it comes to smaller décor, a mirror can be a nice touch that works in several ways. We love mirrors that make small foyers seem larger and airier. The same can work in an office to reflect light during working hours. When guests arrive, use it as part of a vanity so they can get ready in the morning without having to negotiate a share of the bathroom.

     

    Don’t forget the greenery. Plants are a healthy touch, no matter the room’s purpose. In a guest room, they feel especially homey. In an office, they can help you feel less stressed and boost creativity.

     

    Because guest rooms can often be more playful than formal master suites, you can afford to experiment with colors. Choose something bright and cheery for the walls, or bold fabrics for the furniture and bedding. You’re in luck too because the same blues and greens named 2019’s colors of the year have also been found to spark creativity, productivity and innovation. That’s what we call brains and beauty.

    Make the transition simple

    Bedroom and office door locks - Schlage


    When you expect a room to fill several needs, you might also want your door hardware to match those needs. With Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware, you get 2-in-1 functionality, meaning that you can easily switch from locking to unlocking depending on the level of privacy you want for a room. Simply insert the privacy pushpin and rotate to enable the locking function. This is ideal if you don’t usually lock your office but want to give guests the option to do so.

     

    With a variety of designs and finishes, you can also update the knobs and levers on your guest room/office without having to replace the entire lock. Match the style to the rest of your house or the décor of that particular room to complement the look of any space.

     

    It is possible to close that deal and open your home to guests, all from one spot. By choosing versatile details, you can transform any room without compromising on function or décor. Find us on Pinterest and Instagram for more style tips for the whole home.

    How Schlage helps make 2019’s top design trends a reality.

    February 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    Scandinavian style living room with Schlage door lever

    Here are three style predictions from HGTV and Houzz.com and how Schlage Custom Door Hardware can help you pull them off.

     

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    We’re all excited by fresh opportunities in the new year, so it’s no wonder everyone is eagerly looking ahead to the hot designs for 2019. Once you find which trends you’re most excited about though, how do you make them a reality in your own home? Here are three style predictions from HGTV and Houzz.com and how Schlage Custom Door Hardware can help you pull them off.
    Scandinavian style living room with Schlage door lever

    Geometric patterns

    Whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, geometric tilework will be a major element in decor. With such bold patterns, how do you style the rest of your room without it looking over-the-top? Pair hardware with other geometric shapes like Latitude or Northbrook levers in simple finishes. The Collins trim sticks with the geometric theme and serves as a perfect backdrop for the equally clean, straight lines of modern knobs and levers.

     

    What about those simple finishes? Try out the super-popular Matte Black for starters. Satin Nickel is also an ideal finish for rooms embracing the geometric trend.

    Colorful statements

    There are several schools of thought on go-to colors this year. Some say we’ll see more white wall paint, while others point toward bold, dark and moody hues as the popular choice. Our take? The right color is the one you like best. Once you’ve decided how to paint a room, think about finishes that will complement that choice.

     

    If you’re leaning toward a neutral color palette for your walls, try door hardware in Matte Black and Satin Chrome finishes, which coordinate especially well with grey tones. With bold and dark wall colors, Satin Brass and Satin Nickel may be for you.

    Global details

    Taking inspiration from around the world really opens up your design possibilities. Different colors evoke different regions, as do certain fabrics, patterns and accessories. Even overall design can take you to another place. It’s the seemingly small detail of a door knob or lever that can make a difference when transforming a room to feel like you’ve fully escaped to another land.

     

    The minimalism of Scandinavian and Northern European style can best be achieved with streamlined designs. Think about the Collins trim and the Broadway lever with their precise lines to capture this look. The Eller lever, which features the soft curves popular in some Scandinavian architecture, might also be a good choice.

     

    While the shape and design of your door hardware is key to helping you achieve a certain global look, finish can be equally impactful, especially if you’re trying to recreate a Spanish or Mediterranean feel. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is the perfect finish for down-to-earth living spaces that need a touch of Old-World character. The Distressed Nickel finish has a similar rustic vibe common to architecture from this region.

     

    Mediterranean architectural styles often incorporate wrought-iron work as well. If that’s the case, and you want to bring that look into your room with door hardware (a less expensive alternative to actual wrought iron), consider a Whitney lever in Matte Black.

     

    Global doesn’t always have to mean “exotic.” For a look that’s more traditional but still worldly, try styles inspired by Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian architecture. The Addison and Camelot trims as well as Georgian knob and Birmingham lever have their roots in British history. If you want to combine traditional with something a bit more ornate, you can’t go wrong with the Victorian-inspired glass Alexandria and Hobson knobs.

     

    Although DIY projects like a vibrant new wall color or exotic textiles are some of the most eye-catching updates, smaller details can play a major role in completely executing a new look. They give that last little punch of style to pull a room together and give your home the flawless look you’ve been dreaming about.

     

    For help finding the right look for your home, try the Style Selector at Schlage.com. You can also find more inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    Declutter and design: How Schlage adds style to rejuvenated rooms.

    February 7, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Schlage - declutter

    If you have mastered the art of decluttering and are ready to take improving your space a step farther, here are some designs to reward your motivation and showcase your success.

     

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    Everywhere you look, someone’s talking about decluttering or sharing their latest Marie Kondo success story. Maybe you’re one of those people. If you have mastered the art of decluttering and are ready to take improving your space a step farther, here are some designs to reward your motivation and showcase your success.
    Minimalist Bathroom with Schlage Custom Northbrook Combined Interior Lever

    Stress reducer

    A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. If you tossed, donated and cleaned to improve your mental and emotional health, think about how you can style your home to create the calming oasis you desire. With a variety of styles, designs and finishes, Schlage offers endless possibilities for creating your customized look and feel. Choose from styles that range from traditional to contemporary that match any home. And with installation that takes just a few minutes and a screwdriver, you can continue keeping your stress levels down long after you’ve cleared the clutter.

    Go minimalist

    Maybe you love minimalist design, and now that you’ve removed all the piles of stuff on shelves, coffee tables and counters, you’re ready to commit. When streamlining the overall look of a room, remember that something as simple as new door hardware can make a major difference. Consider style combinations that achieve the simple, clean looks of minimalist design.

     

    The Collins trim, with its strong lines and square shape, pairs well with straight-edged levers like the Northbrook or Eller. The Upland trim is another square trim ideal for minimalist style, even with a touch more detailing. Like the Collins trim, Upland pairs nicely with the Northbrook lever. If you like the simplicity but prefer rounded edges, try the Greyson trim. It’s also a great match for the Broadway lever or Bowery knob.

    Small spaces

    Perhaps you decluttered because you lack square footage and felt overwhelmed by things. Don’t believe the myth that small spaces have to be boring. When a room is smaller, you actually have more opportunities to try bold designs that would feel over-the-top in larger areas. Try a wild print on walls or textiles, or take a cue from Southern Living and paint the ceiling an unexpected color.

     

    Because you don’t want to return to a world of clutter, choose accessories wisely and intentionally, opting for a few pieces with big impact. This could even include your door hardware. You need it anyway, so why not make it really say something about your style? Get the trims, knobs and levers that complement your style to the max.

     

    Need more inspiration? Check out this story from our archives on how you can maximize a mini bathroom.

    Moving on

    No one wants to haul 1,000 boxes when they move, especially if they’re never going to use the things in them. If you decluttered to make the transition to a new home easier, you might also be wondering what to do with your locks. Smart locks are a great option when putting your house up for sale. Not only are they a more secure way to let realtors and other service providers in and out of your house, smart locks are also becoming more in demand by prospective buyers. With the style options of the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt and the new Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you’ll also give your home an extra boost of curb appeal, not to mention peace of mind.

    If you’re not sure which smart lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding tool. You can also find more tips on how Schlage can help transform your newly decluttered house into the home you’ve been dreaming of on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    A lifetime of flexibility with Schlage door locks.

    February 4, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 4, 2019

    Schlage - door locks

    The ability to easily update your locks, knobs and levers can actually simplify your life.

     

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    There are several areas in life where it pays to be flexible: projects at work, flight schedules, potty training. Adapting to change reduces a lot of everyday headaches. The same goes for door hardware, where the ability to easily update your locks, knobs and levers can actually simplify your life.
    Schlage - Door locks

    Style switch

    Design trends change and so does your taste in style. When what you think is gorgeous one moment falls flat when you redesign a room later, you want a quick and simple way to update your look. Schlage Custom Door Hardware is easy to install in minutes with just a screwdriver and it fits on all standard doors, so there’s no need to drill new holes or take on a major DIY project just to refresh the look. And with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, classic glass knobs to modern levers, and a variety of finishes, you’ll be able to capture the perfect style for any room.

     

    Not sure what that perfect style is yet? Try our Style Selector to find your new look.

    Life moments

    Insurance companies call it a change of life event – you get married, you have a baby, something major happens that alters your needs. In the world of home décor, a man cave becomes a nursery or a home office transitions to a bedroom when an elderly parent moves in. When this happens, you might need to update the privacy function of your door – more on that in a minute. You should also consider what kind of knobs or levers you need. If someone now in the home has arthritis, would a lever be easier to use than a knob that requires gripping and turning? Or maybe a knob in a style that goes better with baby’s new room than a man’s retreat is in order.

     

    Don’t forget that your can also easily update exterior door hardware as your life changes. If your teen now has after-school activities and a busy social calendar, consider a Schlage smart lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt or the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. They offer convenience and peace of mind thanks to features like the ability to lock or unlock your door from anywhere. Assign access codes to individuals so there’s no more hiding, or losing, spare keys. You can also monitor who is coming and going from your home, so you’ll know if someone got in before curfew.

     

    Not sure which smart lock is for you? Try our Get Help Deciding tool.

    Function

    Remember the privacy function we talked about? If you’re updating a space from a hobby room to a bedroom, for example, you probably want to be able to lock the door. Schlage Custom Door Hardware offers combined interior functionality, meaning it’s easy to switch from a door with the ability to lock for more privacy to one that doesn’t lock. Simply insert the privacy pin and rotate to change the function. There’s no need to replace the entire lock, so whether you want your guests to be able to enjoy some privacy in their bedroom or you don’t want your kids to be able to lock themselves in their own room, we have you covered.

    Learn more about how Schlage door hardware offers you a lifetime of quality and convenience at Schlage.com.

     

    Simple style swaps for a winter pick-me-up.

    January 10, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Winter decor - Schlage

    Even the best of us get the post-holiday blues. If you’re experiencing a case of the winter doldrums, here are some décor ideas to perk up your day.

     

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    Winter Decor - Schlage
    Even the best of us get the post-holiday blues. If you’re experiencing a case of the winter doldrums, here are some décor ideas to perk up your day.

    Light it up

    For many, winter is lacking in light. Change your lightbulbs and look for circadian rhythm lighting and LEDs that simulate natural light. Research has shown that paying attention to your circadian rhythm can positively impact your sleeping patterns, not to mention help you feel more alert during the day and improve emotional health.

     

    Also think about mirrors that can reflect light and make spaces, especially small ones, feel larger.
     

    Live it up

    Some plants can survive the cold. Find hearty botanicals that add color and life to your home. For colder climates, you might consider anthurium, which has flowers that come in a variety of colors, Chinese evergreen or spider plants indoors. Some outdoor options include ornamental kale and cabbage, winter jasmine with its dainty-looking yet resilient yellow flowers, and plants like holly or cotoneaster with bright berries that contrast with the drabness of the season.
     

    Clean it up

    Who said spring cleaning had to be in April? If you still have holiday decorations out, do a bit of sorting before you put everything in the box. Keep only your favorites and donate or toss any that didn’t actually make it in your décor this year. If you didn’t display them this winter, you probably won’t next winter, either.

     

    Did your kids receive new toys for Christmas? Maybe you treated yourself to some new clothes. Donate items you no longer need. You’ll find a great amount of satisfaction in those organized closets and added space, not to mention someone in need will appreciate your generosity as well.

     

    Holiday feasts, while delicious, can seriously do a number on your healthy habits. Give your fridge a makeover and restock your “normal” foods. Getting back into a routine of healthful meals might do you good, both physically and mentally.
     

    Spruce it up

    Once you have everything clean and organized, maybe you want to take it a step further. Pick a room, or a few, and create a new look. You don’t have to go all out, especially if holiday gifts were hard on your budget. Something as simple as updating your door knobs or levers can make a big impact without the commitment of repainting or laying new flooring. You might be surprised how Schlage door hardware can elevate the look of any room.
     

    Find us on Instagram or Pinterest for more inspiration to help you break free from the winter blues and to spice up your style year-round.
     

    Bellissimo. Schlage introduces 2019 design trends, fresh from Milan.

    January 2, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    2019 Design Trends - Schlage

    What’s the latest out of Milan for 2019? Diamo un'occhiata! Let’s take a look!

     

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    2019 Design Trends - Schlage


    The Milan Furniture Fair – the famed Salone del Mobile, Milano – is the world’s largest display of home furnishings and fashion. Once a year, it becomes the epicenter for the latest in-home design trends. This year’s fête was no exception, with Bohemian Modern style, bold geometric patterns, natural materials and color of the year, Nightwatch green, taking center stage as 2019 trends to watch.
     

    Staying on trend is important to Schlage, whose door hardware is specifically designed to complement a wide range of premium styles from traditional and transitional to contemporary and beyond. Trims. Finishes. A host of lever and knob designs. It’s all been carefully created and curated to meet a world of design opportunities.
     

    According to Ted Roberts, design chief for Schlage and parent company Allegion, style and innovation are the things that have attracted more than 40-million satisfied customers to the Schlage brand for nearly a century. “It’s all about making a lasting impression,” says Ted. “And in our business, you do that with timeless style and quality products that also stand the test of time.”
     

    What’s the latest out of Milan for 2019? Diamo un'occhiata! Let’s take a look!

    2019 Design Trends - Scandinavian style - Schlage

    Styles

    Scandinavian design has been referred to as “streamlined essentialism.” Simplicity. Function. Clean lines and fabrication. It’s all part of what’s being called “the new Nordic.” New color palettes, fresh and bold details and adding color to the whitewashed minimalism of this familiar design trend is a big part of where Scandinavian designs are going in 2019.

     

    No surprise, too, that Bohemian Modern is making a comeback as well, but with more modern materials and colors. Layered pillows and throws add pops of color to natural hues and materials while tapestries and macramé bring a decidedly 70’s vibe to complement an overall bohemian style that is also quintessential 70’s. “As long as they don’t bring back shag carpeting, I’ll be happy,” says Schlage’s Ted Roberts.

    Colors

    For 2019, bold colors like indigo, purple, orange, teal and vibrant reds are being relegated to accent pieces, artwork and accessories. Natural tones, dark earthy greens, pink coral, grays, oatmeal and terra cotta are dominating and showing well in Milan as well as Paris, London and New York. Subtlety and nature are the focus, with brighter colors woven together – often in mismatched, geometric patterns – to add exciting contrast. The emphasis on layering, layering and more layering can make the effect of such color combinations quite striking, especially in combination with black, which is of course still going strong as an accent because it goes with everything.

    Materials and finishes

    Matte black is still as popular as ever, and rightfully so. As Ted Roberts is fond of saying, “black is the new black.” Because it goes with so many colors, Schlage incorporates it throughout their designs, whether as the dominant finish or as a tasteful accent that works with other finishes like brass or nickel.

     

    Non-reflective satin finishes are also going to continue to be big in 2019. They work well in combination with the mid-century designs and warmer lusters and textures expected for 2019.

    2019 Design Trends - Satin Brass - Schlage
    Also, because they’re not reflective, satin finishes are the ideal complement to the more natural color and materials that are coming to the forefront. Bamboo. Cork. Stone. Exotic woods. Traditional, naturally finished wood. Even hemp. These are all materials you’ll be seeing a lot of in furniture, room accents and accessories. Even in homes that aren’t particularly plant-friendly, a popular trend involves using tree branches to incorporate a natural touch where plants won’t necessarily work.

    Shapes

    Hard edges and corners are giving way to rounded shapes and edges, circles and softer silhouettes. A soft symmetry and a natural flow are evident throughout, from the styling of a sofa to the design of a door lever. Unconventional is the word of the day, and it is consistent with the sensibilities of the 70’s, the bohemian modern aesthetic and a literal push to think and design outside the box.

    2019 Design Trends - Schlage
    The showstoppers in Milan all reflected this emphasis on softness, curves and comfort. And the best of those managed to reign in the freedom of naturally flowing lines with the geometric discipline of stripes, regularly repeating patterns and the occasional straight line thrown in for good measure.

    Technology

    The concept of “evolution” is one that is particularly applicable to design trends for 2019. Observes Ted Roberts: “Every time a style is revived, it mixes with the styles of today, today’s materials and today’s technologies, bringing a timeless nostalgia to the best of what’s new and what’s next.” Illustrating Ted’s point, even the most advanced hands-free home assistants, for instance, are incorporating wood and fabric into their newest designs. This is a trend that is expected to continue as more people incorporate technology – especially smart home technology – into their homes as well as both interior and exterior designs.

    2019 Design Trends - Technology - Schlage
    Schlage applies innovative design to its door hardware, with the front door being the ultimate first impression and then a cohesive design ethic carrying that impression throughout the home. For instance, this focus has inspired more minimalist product designs with on-trend black accents in Schlage’s newest lineup of smart locks. “Bringing style and a clear design vision to a technology product is an exciting challenge,” says Ted Roberts. “The art of it has to align with the technology of it on the cutting edge of innovation. Without artistic vision, technology doesn’t know where to go.”

    Schlage: Open possibilities

    Whether you’re planning to redecorate your entire home in 2019 or just a single room, you owe it to yourself to explore the range of possibilities open to you with Schlage door hardware. Discover a wide selection of knobs, levers, finishes and trims to suit any decor. You can also easily upgrade your hinges to a matching finish to really put an exclamation point on your design project. Explore the possibilities at Schlage.com and purchase from your favorite retailer or online at amazon.com, build.com, lowes.com or thehomedepot.com. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

     

    Grazi!
     

    Holiday design ideas for every type of door.

    December 17, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    Holiday - Door Designs - Schlage

    Indoors or out, Schlage has you covered for the holidays and all year round.

     

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    Your front door makes a statement. Along with your front porch, it contributes to the overall curb appeal of your home and makes the ultimate first impression for visitors. Who better than Schlage, whose door hardware is trusted by more than 40 million homeowners, to provide you with holiday decorating tips for even the most unconventional doors? Indoors or out, Schlage has you covered for the holidays and all year round.

    Front door

    Whether you’re decorating with a traditional holiday wreath or making a holiday display of planters and wall hangings, there’s nothing like fresh, festive holiday greenery to add color, style and fragrance. There’s no end to what you can accessorize with. Garland and wreaths can be customized affordably with pine cones, berries and bows, then changed easily with the seasons. Combine that with the option of literally gift wrapping your entire front door and you’ll have a colorful entrance that comes alive for the season. Just make sure that your door decorations don’t interfere with the operation of your door or the security of your door locks.

    French door

    The idea here is to let your sense of holiday style out while you let the light shine in. Large wreaths can be cut down the middle and hung on both halves of the door to avoid interfering with its opening and closing and without covering the windows. At the same time, there are many magical ways to decorate around the door, framing it in lavish greens and light and festive finery. Garland and fresh greenery can be decorated much like you’d decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, tinsel and bows. Small wreaths hung low below windows sprayed with “frost” is another great way to incorporate a few holiday favorites.

    Dutch door

    With a Dutch Door, you have two distinct “canvases” to work with. From covering the bottom half in wrapping paper and bows and adorning the top half with hanging decorations like wreaths and seasonal greenery, you’re really only limited by your imagination. Get creative with your door hanging accessories, but make sure the hanger you choose, whether it’s metal, fabric or ribbon, is the proper length for the height of your Dutch door sections. You don’t want your decorations constantly getting knocked off. As always, the wall décor you choose to display around the door can add a warm, festive accent to your door decorations.

    Glass doors

    Whether inside or out, the key to glass doors is to let the light shine through. You can do a simple wrapping with bows, use faux frost on the glass or hang a traditional wreath or two. Proper placement is important because you don’t want to obstruct your view through the glass. Here is another instance where what you put over and around the door can make all the difference. Quick and easy wall décor can also be super affordable and there’s no end to the inspiration you’ll find online and at your favorite store.

    Holiday - Festive Door Designs - Schlage

    Barn door

    Moving to indoor decorations, there’s probably no more interesting door design project to tackle for the holidays than one of today’s biggest door design trends – the sliding barn door. They’re big. They’re beautiful. They’re something special. And when it comes to making them pop for the holidays, the sky really is the limit. From one huge wreath (or even a large split wreath whose halves can be hung separately) to adorning the doors with large fabric ribbon and wrapping paper (much like you would with a traditional front exterior door), these unique doors provide a great opportunity to really express yourself.

    Smile and style

    A child’s bedroom door offers endless and wonderful possibilities for holiday decorating. Transform the door into Santa Claus. Or a snowman. Create a decorative winterscape. Wrap the door simply with paper, ribbons and bows and hang stockings or wreaths. The goal here is to bring a smile to the little ones and some extra holiday cheer to mom or dad. Whether a standard door or even a pocket door, which you still find in many older homes, there’s a lot you can do with a little imagination and just the right amount of holiday spirit.

    All of these ideas, from the front door to a pocket door, can be achieved on even the most stringent budget. With proper planning, you can also incorporate some design ideas, wall décor, seasonal wreaths and other stylish yet cost-conscious elements that will add beauty and personality all year round. There are even a host of festive things you can do to spruce up your door knobs! It’s all part of a joyous holiday season and happy and prosperous New Year with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    The glamour of Old Hollywood with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    December 7, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    The Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of the 1930's Hollywood scene, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

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    In the 1930’s, movie sets had to be designed and styled to be able to accommodate – contain – Golden-Age-of-Hollywood Stars like Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and a veritable constellation of other such luminaries. The personalities were larger than life. The Hollywood scene was larger than life. And the Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of that very special time, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

    Cut to designer-to-the-stars and TV host extraordinaire, Amy Matthews, and her co-stars, Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware and the Dempsey lever. This is the final installment of her four-part series in which she works with Schlage designers to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware. For this, she and the Schlage team chose the Dempsey lever for its character, boldness and sumptuous curves. It served as the perfect centerpiece for her big Hollywood ending, a larger-than-life Hollywood Regency blockbuster that showcases the breadth of Schlage’s passion for style.

     

    The Dempsey lever was inspired by the glamour and grace of Old Hollywood. It’s a shining example of the way Schlage door hardware can serve as a focal point for bringing a specific style statement to life. Amy loves the glamour of the lever and the challenge of integrating it into such a space. In fact, of all the rooms she helped design for this special partnership, this turned out to be her favorite.

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage’s Dempsey lever brings a singular, unmistakable style to settings looking to make a real statement. One look and Amy knew where the design needed to go. She paired the lever with Schlage's Rosewood Trim in a lustrous yet tasteful satin nickel. The combination of the lever's distinctive curves and the scalloped look and finish provided the perfect centerpiece. The final room design featured a luxurious array of bold, contrasting colors, cut glass, lavish fabrics and reflective metals. It was truly a larger-than-life vision worthy of a star like Joan Crawford or Errol Flynn, with the Dempsey lever anchoring the entire concept.

    Hollywood Regency - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: Unmistakable style

    Amy started with the Dempsey lever paired perfectly with Schlage’s Rosewood trim. In satin nickel, it complemented the overall design without getting in the way. She then assembled the mood board, splashing it with muted greens and reds that popped along with the glitter and luster of cut glass and exotic textures. For this design, she envisioned a sumptuous bedroom suite with a large bed in greens and natural tones dominating the room. Touches like a zebra rug, a crystal chandelier, a mirrored white vanity, period wallpaper and a distinctive green door completed Amy’s vision with panache and sizzle.

    The look: Inspired and opulent

    Amy’s immersion in the world of “lights, camera, action” really explored the true potential of what’s possible when building an entire room around a single piece of Schlage Door Hardware. Motivated by the style, vision and innovation of designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, Amy brought a distinctive sexiness to the look, adding sleekness to the design with a black tile floor.

     

    The 1930’s marked the first time that movies began selling themselves based on the styles and fashions that would be worn by the stars that appeared in them. Think of it as early product placement. The lavish styles and fashions depicted were everywhere, selling everything from apparel to furnishings. Amy brought this sensibility to our Hollywood Regency masterpiece, with the Dempsey lever proving itself worthy of the glitz and glamour it inspires.

     

    While Amy generally prefers more simple, clean and organic designs, she really enjoyed stepping out with Schlage’s designers and pushing the envelope with the Dempsey lever and this glorious homage to Old Hollywood glam.

    Premium door locks - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Ted talks decorating your front porch for a bright, wonderful winter season.

    November 30, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

     

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    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    The holiday decorating season is in full swing, so make way for some holiday color and cheer. It won’t be long before the stockings are hung, a holiday wreath adorns your front door, the lights are shining bright and the colors of Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa turn front porches coast to coast into holiday showpieces.

     

    It’s another installment of Schlage’s ongoing series of blogs featuring premium design ideas, we provide ways to bring your home designs to life and how to incorporate the premium style of Schlage into those designs. Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, shares some thoughts on creating memorable and inviting winter front porch designs that will make your home stand out. From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Lighting - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: It’s that time of the year. What can we do to make this year’s holiday decorating special?

    A: “One of the joys of holidays and winter decorating is the passion that people put into it, trying to outdo themselves year after year. And it shows. This year, you’ll see the wreaths, bows, tinsel and traditional decorations that mark the season, but I also think you’ll see a lot more imaginative lighting displays.”

    Q: A bright outlook then, for the season?

    A: “It’s just that there are so many options in the winter front porch lighting department. It’s the perfect place to start. I really think projected lighting is going to be big this year. It can be truly dramatic, painting a lightscape across the entire front of your house. And, for the budget conscious, these can be particularly useful because you can customize the graphics or colors and light patterns season to season. Another favorite porch design idea of mine is white string lights. They are a great way to celebrate the season but can also stay up all winter long or even all year long. Another simple, affordable year-round solution is white architectural lighting. Talk about adding a distinctive accent to any outdoor space. Any of these can brighten your front porch project with many options available for less than $100.”

    Q: Where do you go from there, when looking at your seasonal porch designs?

    A: “The front door. It can be the perfect centerpiece of your winter front porch showcase. We like to say that your front door and your front patio or porch make the ultimate first impression. That’s as true when you’re greeting holiday visitors as it is when you’re talking year-round curb appeal. Your front door reflects your personality. Your uniqueness. Your own sense of style. From a simple, inexpensive wreath that can be redecorated from season to season to wrapping your front door in bright and shiny wrapping paper and bows, the sky really is the limit. My only caution is: make sure that any door decorations don’t interfere with the operation of your front door and door lock, because you don’t want to compromise your safety and security, no matter how awesome your holiday door looks.”

    Q: And that’s where Schlage comes in?

    A: “That’s where Schlage comes in. This time of year, particularly through the holidays, you’ve got visitors coming and going, more package deliveries than normal, partygoers, people dropping by, holiday carolers at your doorstep – and that’s only the beginning. You’ve also got about a 1 in 35 chance of being a victim of property crime during the holidays, so you’ll want to make sure everything is safe and secure. Schlage offers a range of front door locks – from mechanical locks and deadbolts to convenient keypad locks to connected smart locks – that are as reflective of your own unique sense of style as they are functional. Good locks are a deterrent. Security cameras are a deterrent. Security systems are a deterrent. Schlage makes smart locks too that work with many of today’s most popular home automation and security systems.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Security - Schlage

    Q: Any other security tips?

    A: “Another good rule of thumb: when you change your clocks – when you fall back – it’s a great time to change out your batteries in smoke alarms, home safety monitors, electronic locks and the like. All Schlage electronic locks feature a handy low-battery alert, but checking regularly is still a good habit.

    Q: Final thoughts?

    A: “Enjoy the season. There are so many affordable options for making your front porch shine year-round, but especially in the fall and winter. And don’t forget President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day – all offer opportunities for you to adapt your porch designs to suit the seasons. Flags are another great addition, showing your patriotism, sense of pride, sense of humor and allegiance to your favorite team.

    For more, visit Schlage.com or check out what your friends are doing to brighten their holidays by visiting Pinterest and Instagram. Make your front porch a true showpiece, with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    A century-old classic given a new look with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    November 13, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Vintage door know - Hobson knob - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host.

     

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    Vintage style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    One of the most budget and design-friendly ways to bring antique fixtures into your home is with door knobs. And to that end, Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host. From eclectic to transitional, it makes a statement by bringing a traditional look suitable for modern-day applications.

     

    That’s why Amy chose the Hobson knob as her inspiration for creating an entire room look for Schlage designers based around the Hobson knob’s vintage versatility. In this, the third installment of her four-part series in which she works with the Schlage design team to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware, Amy embraced Schlage’s unique take on a 100-year-old classic. Together, they explored its application in a more contemporary setting.

     

    The Hobson knob is an ideal statement piece, putting its beveled glass design element inside a sleek, smooth glass exterior that Amy loves. It perfectly complemented the colors, textures and materials she chose for this particular room design.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage's Hobson knob can bring a touch of bling to a wide assortment of settings, according to Amy. From traditional to even the most modern of styles, it can be paired with a variety of finishes and trims that make the quintessential glass knob the picture of eclectic style. For additional inspiration, Amy looked for photos of various homes and decor from different yet specific eras and then adapted her designs to bring a measure of authenticity to the look she was creating. It's no surprise, then, that one of her favorite fixtures is the glass knob.

    Eclectic, vintage style - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: A collection of Amy's favorite looks

    Amy started with the Hobson knob, pairing it with a satin brass finish and modern trim. She wanted to take advantage of the versatility of the Hobson to serve as the foundation for a modern, bohemian vibe that also exuded sumptuousness and warmth.

     

    She wanted the Hobson knob, as specified, to complement the natural wood she’d chosen for the door and some of the furnishings. She also chose the glass and satin brass look to work in contrast to some of the blacks and pops of red and gold accent colors she crafted into the board. Neutral grays and flooring completed the picture, with the overall look reflecting Amy’s preference for clean, modern presentations.

    Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The look: Classic yet modern

    Amy and the team brought the room to life with rugs, pillows, throws, artwork and other meticulous touches that picked up the gold in the satin brass finish. She wanted the look to radiate warmth and welcome. Again, the word Amy used for what she was going for was “sumptuous.” The flexibility of Schlage Custom and the warmth and glow of the Hobson knob was the perfect centerpiece for Amy’s very particular design expression.

     

    While some of the furnishings were in natural woods to complement the door and the neutral flooring, she also added touches like black accent tables and other, more colorful accessories to provide a nice contrast throughout. Her overall objective: create a room that transforms an ordinary space into an extraordinary home. She certainly succeeded, building this look around the vintage style and design flexibility of Schlage Custom and the Hobson glass knob.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

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