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    Home décor inspired by your favorite vacation destinations.

    June 24, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Travel inspired home decor | Schlage

    Whether you’re trying to hang on to the aura of your last trip or can only dream of hitting the road in the future, here are some ideas that will transport you to another world without ever leaving the house.

     

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    For those with wanderlust, nothing is as inspiring as the sights and sounds of a new city. Whether you’re trying to hang on to the aura of your last trip or can only dream of hitting the road in the future, here are some ideas that will transport you to another world without ever leaving the house.

    Take me to the beach

    The smell of the ocean, the sand on your feet, the breeze in your hair. There are few places as refreshing and rejuvenating as the coast.

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    • Location inspiration: Virgin Islands; Outer Banks, North Carolina; Laguna Beach, California

    • Style & Décor: Natural materials rule. Think wicker, raw wood and jute, for example. We think a coastal-inspired porch or yard calls for a hammock, but pick what’s cozy and relaxing to you. Taking your décor literally is OK in our book. Display the seashells and beach photos you collected from your last vacation. If you prefer a more subtle touch, artwork with wavy lines and items with free-flowing silhouettes will spark your sea-faring imagination as well. Whatever you do, keep it light and airy.

    • Colors: Start with blues, greens and whites. Complement these base colors with pops of boldness like coral and yellow.

    • Finishes: With cool blues and greens, think cool, silver finishes. These include Satin Chrome and Bright or Satin Nickel.

    Let’s get cozy in a country cottage

    Few places are better for an escape than a snug hideaway in the countryside.

    • Location inspiration: England, rural France, Vermont

    • Style & Décor: These smaller homes are primed for creating relaxing nooks. Even if your home is more spacious, you can create the same cozy feel. Take your favorite armchair – the kind that’s plush and always so inviting – soft lighting and an understated end table to escape to. Few architectural details say “rustic and cozy” like ceiling beams and Dutch doors. Reclaimed materials, including raw wood and stone, are also a good fit. Use them for tables, chairs, countertops and fireplace surrounds.

    • Colors: Because you want to incorporate nature in your “countryside escape” whenever possible, look to earth tones as your primary color scheme. Whitewashed walls can give you that remote European feel as well.

    • Finishes: Darker finishes like Aged Bronze or moodier gold tones such as Aged Brass complement the rustic, country ambience you’re hoping to create.

    Make mine a metropolitan getaway

    Craving a hip night out on the town surrounded by the bright lights and buzz of the city?

    • Location inspiration: New York City, Paris, Tokyo

    • Style & Décor: Choose clear, crisp furniture silhouettes for the contemporary, edgy style that reminds you of your favorite major city. You won’t want a ton of furniture, though. These chic cities announce their style with smart use of open space, and decorative elements are strategically chosen so as to not suffer clutter creep. A sleek, rounded couch might also be a sculptural statement.

    • Colors: Contemporary spaces tend to be minimalist, which often means white. But when you’re looking for more and the drama of the Big Apple calls your name, try moody colors like charcoal, teal and bright red. A good way to get that modern look is using a bit of both, with stark contrast of white and dark tones.

    • Finishes: We love Matte Black finishes in a chic cosmopolitan space because of that stark contrast we just mentioned. A dark-finish door knob or lever might seem like a small thing, but when you complement it with other dark metallics found in lighting fixtures or the furniture itself, you’ll solidify your reputation as the cutting-edge friend.

    Travel sustains me

    Blur the lines between indoors and out with a green getaway that’s good for you and the environment.

    • Location inspiration: Australia, Costa Rica

    • Style & Décor: The map location is less important than simply being connected to nature. Indoor-outdoor living spaces, verandas and open floorplans are almost a necessity. If you don’t live where you can open the patio doors 24/7, let in as much natural light as possible through your windows. Remove heavy drapery and rearrange your furniture to take advantage of sightlines. Using sustainable materials is a must. Furniture of reclaimed wood, upcycled accessories, and all-natural and insect-friendly gardens all part of the eco-lodge essence.

    • Colors: When you’re trying to be a friend to Mother Nature, use some of her favorite colors. Earth tones dominate, but it doesn’t have to be all brown and green. What décor colors can you steal from a sunset or vibrant fish at a seaside lagoon?

    • Finishes: Particularly if you’ve chosen décor made of reclaimed materials, you’ll want to stay away from high-sheen finishes like chrome. Instead, look to matte or satin finishes such as Distressed Nickel or even an Aged Bronze.

    I wanna go global

    Looking for one more exotic stamp in your passport? Why not two or three … or 12?

    • Location inspiration: Morocco, Mexico, India, wherever

    • Style & Décor: One of Domino’s top tips is to not limit yourself to one destination. Pick and choose pieces tastefully representing a range of cultures. It might be a desk with Asian-inspired cutouts, a couch piled with heavily embroidered pillows or bamboo patio furniture. If it’s handmade, you’re on the right path. A common quality of global décor is eclecticism. Middle Eastern décor is known for its hand-dyed rugs and blankets. Consider baskets for their natural, artisanal quality. Use items beyond their original purpose, too. Those baskets and blankets could be your favorite wall art, for example.

    • Colors: Because of global décor’s vibrant colors, start with a neutral foundation like khaki or stone-gray for walls or larger pieces of furniture. Then layer in the bold. Think orange, red and gold, as well as deep blues, purples and greens. And don’t be afraid of patterns.

    • Finishes: Gold tones tie in nicely with the color palette so often seen in global décor. Look to brass finishes for door hardware, lighting and more to get the rich look on a not-so-rich budget.

    “I love places that remind me how small me and my problems actually are.” (via Wanderlust Crew) Whether you’re traveling abroad or staying close to home, we could all use a sense of adventure from time to time. Start your journey with Schlage’s DIY tips and design ideas.

     

    Home decor inspired by vacation destinations.

     

    Homes of the Century: 100 years of garage convenience.

    June 17, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Century of garages | Schlage

    Whether for actually parking your car or storing everything under the sun, garages are often a coveted feature when buying a home. So what’s their history?

     

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    Our Homes of the Century series has showcased a lot of transformation already with kitchens and porches. The advent of electricity, indoor plumbing, even cabinets has changed American homelife in ways that are both innumerable and largely taken for granted today. Not all changes have been dramatic, however. No less interesting, despite its dependability, is the garage. Whether for actually parking your car or storing everything under the sun, garages are often a coveted feature when buying a home. So what’s their history?
    Stone home with dark garage doors.

    Getting attached to our garages

    A century ago, cars were just emerging as part of daily life. For the first time, we needed someplace to secure the family automobile. A Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog, which sold blueprints to would-be homeowners so they could build their own homes, had two floorplans for detached garages in 1921. Of advertising note was their “new triple folding sliding doors” that took up little space when open with “no chance of doors blowing shut while backing in or out.”

     

    Doors that stay open seems like an odd perk when today’s garages can be smart, letting us check from anywhere if we forgot to close our door on the way out.

    Thirty years after the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was published, attached garages were in fashion. While this was more convenient, it did raise this issue of how to keep garage fumes and dirt from getting in the house. The solution in most cases was simply tacking the addition to the end of the house where service entrances have historically been.

     

    “Modern” 1920s houses featured separate vestibules adjoining the kitchen that would house the family’s ice box and eliminate the need for the ice peddler to let in the dirt and cold upon delivery. The same concept applied later in the century. We can see in this 1950s Practical Homes catalog an enclosed porch that provided a barrier to pollutants between the kitchen and the garage. A separate service entrance, now intended for the family’s convenience, may also have been part of that passageway or porch. Indeed, Practical Homes touted its Trenton floorplan as being “planned throughout for servantless living, with a thought to maintenance at a maximum of ease.”

     

    As time passed, those service entrances and separate vestibules were still part of the home but had transformed into mudrooms. Their location and purpose remained the same – provide a barrier between garage grime and our clean kitchens.

    Welcome to the man cave

    Perhaps the biggest change in the history of garages is their size. One-car garages became doubles to accommodate the new trend of multi-car families. Then, when DIY became a household hobby in the 50s, we needed a place to store our tools if we didn’t have a backyard shed. We started accumulating more belongings thanks to post-World War II economic prosperity. Storage space and adjoining workshops were added to our garages, officially beginning the shift from car park to man cave.

    If we go by this 1987 Architectural Designs catalog, another publication selling blueprints, this expanded garage and workspace was something every homeowner would aspire to. The floorplans of some larger homes featured a two-car garage and shop, which actually had more square footage than nearly any other first-floor room.1 Another went the extra step with a double garage, storage space and service porch, all leading to the kitchen through a mudroom.2

    Frank preferred a carport

    Historically, however, not everyone has been a fan of the garage. Frank Lloyd Wright preferred carports because of his distaste for clutter. Garages, like basements which he also eliminated from his designs, were merely magnets for unnecessary belongings. Beginning in the 1930s, the famous architect advocated for carports for tidiness – with no walls, you can’t hide anything – as well as their functionality and the sleek lines of modern architecture.

    “Not only did the carport provide protection and storage for the car,” it’s reported in one history of the carport, “but it also served very nicely as a covered main entryway, a place to entertain and do outdoor cooking, a spacious front porch, a shady place on a hot sunny day, and a relaxing place to hang out on a rainy day.”
    Today, we might no longer talk about the way our garage door folds as homeowners did a century ago. We might be more concerned with organization and how to secure that garage now that we’re storing our tools, holiday decorations or man cave televisions there. It’s not often that we think about how our garages have changed over time, but doing so now gives us greater appreciation for how American life has altered as well. For more home history and to help Schlage celebrate its 100th anniversary, visit Schlage.com/100.

    “Large High-Traditional with Two Fireplaces.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 22.

     

    2 “Farmhouse Influence.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 111.

     

    10 fading, returning or emerging trends to watch in 2020.

    June 12, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Here are 10 noteworthy trends that are either fading, returning or emerging, plus one more we’re hoping becomes a trend.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Design trends come and go. Some make you scratch your head, while others stir the heart. Here are 10 noteworthy trends that are either fading, returning or emerging, plus one more we’re hoping becomes a trend.

    1. Fading: Rain shower heads

    According to Apartment Therapy, rain shower heads, with all their soothing and spa-like qualities, are on the way out. While homeowners loved them at first, now they lack water pressure and leave you feeling perpetually soapy. Instead, you’ll see more traditional bathroom fixtures with the money that would have been spent on the fancy shower head going elsewhere.

    2. Fading: Matching furniture sets

    You probably still won’t see a neon couch next to a Granny chic arm chair, but identical furniture throughout the room is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, you’ll see unique pieces with complementary shapes and intentionally chosen textures that add visual interest and let you show off your personal style.

    3. Fading: All white or gray walls

    One look at the 2020 colors of the year, and you’ll notice a range of nature-based hues. While there will always be a time and place for white or greige walls, expect to see more colors like these from Valspar – they have names like sage, moss, canyon, brook, desert, mint and garden – to add more warmth and calming properties offered by Mother Nature.

    4. Returning: Maximalism

    Art Deco, first made popular in the 1920s, was known for its opulence. Gold and glamorous with patterns everywhere and lush fabrics were a sign of homeowners’ wealth. Memphis style, a 1980s ode to bright primary colors and bold patterns, had a similarly overstated flavor. As minimalism continues its downward slide in favor of design with more flair, prepare to see more of its opposite – maximalism.

    5. Returning: Biophilia

    Floral patterns have taken different forms in various decades, but they’ve almost always been popular. Today, it’s not just about the flowers. Regaining in popularity are plants of all types with plenty of green showing up as wallpaper prints, living walls and indoor container gardens to name a few.

    6. Returning: Boho

    With the return of plants, it’s not surprising that other aspects of Bohemian style would also make a comeback. Along with hanging plants come natural materials like rattan and jute, saturated colors like deep burgundy or hot pink, and geometric shapes. This time around, these elements are more restrained and elegant, resulting in the new Bohemian Modern.

    7. Emerging: Sustainability

    With concern about climate change, demand for environmentally sustainable housing is taking off like never before. Whether it’s the materials used in building, energy-efficient appliances, a fully passive home or some combination of those elements, green housing just might become the design standard of the future.

    8. Emerging: Universal design

    More people are choosing to age in place and families are making their house a multigenerational home (some might say that’s a returning trend). That means it’s important to design a home that fits a variety of needs for a range of life stages. The emerging trend is to address concerns about mobility, vision and other special needs from the start. Curbless showers, good lighting around stairs and creative cutouts that accommodate wheelchair users more easily are just some of the key elements of universal design.

    9. Emerging: Healthy homes

    Home, for many, is a sanctuary and more homeowners are adding wellness features to the house itself. Smart technology like some of these purifiers highlighted by Review Geek can monitor air quality and filter VOCs for healthier breathing. Furniture that emphasizes comfort can create hygge for mental balance. Unique lighting solutions can help retrain your body and promote better sleep. And a well-planned entryway can help stop germs and dirt from even getting in the house.

    10. Hoping: No rules

    When thinking about the trend we wish were a trend, we considered wrap-around porches. Who doesn’t love an outdoor oasis, plenty of space for holiday front door décor and somewhere you can welcome the neighbors for an impromptu glass of iced tea? But the trend we’re really hoping for is the disappearance of design rules. Because the best style and design is what makes you happy. It’s whatever makes your house feel like a home and lets you live the kind of life you want. That’s a trend we think anyone can get behind.

    For inspiration and tips on how to make your unique personal style come alive, find us on Instagram or Pinterest.

    Trends to watch in 2020.

     

    Curb appeal inspiration you have to see.

    June 8, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    Curb appeal inspiration | Schlage

    Instagram is one of our favorite places to go for inspiration, so we wanted to share 10 of our favorite outdoor living spaces.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Some of us can’t get enough pictures of beautiful food. Others want to see celebrities, puppies and DIY makeovers. At Schlage, we geek out over curb appeal. Instagram is one of our favorite places to go for inspiration, so we wanted to share 10 of our favorite outdoor living spaces, whether they feature our door hardware or not. Hopefully these porches, decks, outdoor kitchens and more light a creative spark that leads to a new and unique look for your own home.

    Small craftsman home with bright flowers and curb appeal.

    1. Gorgeous essentials

     @vintagewhitefarmhouse

     

    Wreath? Check. Layered door mats? Check. Coordinating porch lights and contrasting furniture? Check. This entryway has it going on in all the right ways.

    2. Coordinated and classic

     @ carolinewhiteheadphoto

     

    We like to think of this front porch as classically coordinated. The matching finishes on the door hardware, lighting and house numbers help give it a cohesive look. There’s a nice touch of modern to throughout to lift the traditional brick without it looking mismatched, too.

    3. Patriotic puppers

     @cindy.countryroad407

     

    Even if you gravitate toward the understated look, holidays are a great opportunity to make a bigger splash. Embracing the full patriotic look for Fourth of July or Memorial Day is a can’t-miss. And if you’re still unsure, at least the dark red door works flawlessly with the brick for every day.

    4. Inside-out living

     @wuhs

    5. Small and stylish

     @babybentley18

     

    This entryway shows us that a small front porch doesn’t have to be small on style. It’s hard to go wrong with greenery of any kind, and the flowered wreath adds a fresh pop of colorful elegance. We especially love how the design of the Schlage Camelot Front Entry Handle and smart lock complement the traditional features on this beautiful home.

    6. Rug-ged love

     @a_lovely_living

     

    When you have a small front porch, it can be tempting to use a small doormat. That can actually make your entryway feel more cramped. That’s why we love this larger outdoor rug, which anchors the potted ferns and creates a well-defined space.

    7. Porch jungle

     @mila_jestcafe

     

    This take on Bohemian modern porch décor is a prime example of what you can do even if you don’t have a traditional garden. You won’t miss raised beds when you’re surrounded by a jungle of palms, climbing plants and colorful flowers.

    8. Beautiful balcony

     @elvi_decorhome

     

    If you’ve only been blessed with a narrow balcony, you’re still in luck. This space still has everything you need by taking advantage of vertical space for cozy décor.

    9. Rustic and romantic

     @fishtailcottage

     

    So many monochromatic designs we see today are all-white. This natural front porch taps into the raw-material craze with the right combination of browns and greens.

    10. Movie must-have

     @hilarylind_re

     

    Whether inviting friends over for a summer soiree or sneaking in one last family movie night before fall, this outdoor theater fits the bill. Big screen, whimsical lanterns, comfy seating and hygge-style blankets are must-haves for lazy evenings.

    Can’t get enough? Find Schlage on Instagram and Pinterest. And if you’re looking for DIY tips for your front porch décor, check out the Schlage blog.

     

    Homes of the Century: 100 years of kitchen transformations.

    June 4, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Century of kitchens| Schlage

    Here's a look at how American life over the last 100 years has transformed the kitchens in our homes.

     

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    What better way to see how American life has changed in the last 100 years than by taking a look at how our homes have transformed during that time. Their size, the uses of rooms, how we decorate and the appliances we outfit them with all give a glimpse of what everyday life might have been like for the average family. In this second installment of our Homes of the Century series, we take a look at kitchens.
    Old fashioned kitchen with wooden cabinets.

    Kitchen convenience in every decade

    You would be hard-pressed to name a room that has changed more dramatically in the last century than the kitchen. Technology like refrigeration, toasters and electric ranges altered not only how we cook and feed our families, but also how we gather and entertain.

     

    In the 1920s, before today’s technological innovations were available, homebuilding catalogs focused on modern kitchen convenience and cleanliness. “The kitchen is big, yet the work can be done quickly as in the most up to date kitchenette,” it is written in the 1921 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog from which potential homebuyers could purchase blueprints to DIY their own home from foundation to roof. “This is because the sink, cupboard and range are side by side.” This kitchen seems simple enough at first glance, but calling out side-by-side appliances for their novelty and modernity? That says something about early use of space.

     

    The same Sears floorplan addressed our constant struggle to light the home. “(There) is plenty of light for work, and the housewife will appreciate having a window directly opposite the stove so that the light will shine into the oven. Brooms and cleaning utensils as well as refrigerator can stand on the landing. This landing makes it unnecessary for the iceman or peddler to step on the clean kitchen floor.”

     

    Electricity was just becoming more widespread, allowing homeowners to switch away from more dangerous gas lighting. And refrigeration in this house clearly would have been an ice box, a plain wooden box with metal tray designed to hold the day’s ice delivery and catch the melt. Electric refrigerators weren’t common appliances until almost 20 years after this catalog’s publication.

    Instead of Hoosier cabinets , some homes built in the 1920s got built-in cupboards. “This cupboard,” wrote Sears, Roebuck & Co., “has a series of compartments, both under and above the kitchen sink proper. Look at the illustration below and judge for yourself how attractive, bright and sanitary we have made this home for the housewife.”
    Illustration of 1920s kitchen from Sears, Roebuck and Co catalog.

    The execution of the “modern” kitchen clearly changed over time – cabinets in the 1920s, electric refrigerators in the 40s, islands and pass-throughs in the 50s – but the key selling point remained the same. It was all about conveniences that would make it easier for a housewife to serve her family.

     

    In 1921, “The kitchen is conveniently located and planned to save steps.” In 1953, the Practical Homes catalog wrote, “Following the approved trend, the dining and kitchen areas are combined for efficiency as an aid to the busy housewife.” In 1987, Architectural Designs magazine wrote, “The kitchen is equipped with conveniences, lots of cabinets and easy access to both formal dining room and breakfast nook with bay window.” 1

     

    And today? Better Homes & Gardens shows us a kitchen island “framed by generous stretches of countertop space, including one wall that accommodates the sink, dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave. This consolidation of essentials -- all opposite the cooktop -- saves steps for the cook.” Saving steps and side-by-side appliances? Sounds a bit like the “modern” 1920s kitchen.

    Function finally meets form

    When we look at style, we see various ebbs and flows. After years of believing all-white kitchens were more sanitary, kitchens of the 1940s and 50s got a lot more colorful. Turquoise appliances and pink or canary yellow cabinets were not uncommon.

    Colorful kitchens is a trend that has matured well. Painted cabinets, especially blue in 2020, are popular again. Three-tone kitchens are also having their day in the sun, proving that color is still in, even if it is more restrained than in previous decades.

    Perhaps more than ever, we’re striving to combine that all-important convenience with appearance. Making a kitchen functional for our needs remains one of the primary reasons we remodel. As we tackle those renovation projects, however, we no longer see a need to sacrifice style in the name of function, even when we’re watching the budget. We turn to cost-efficient details that set our homes apart. Different finishes and designs for faucets and lighting as well as cabinet and door hardware are all ways to make a personal statement without breaking the bank. For those who can afford them, professional-grade appliances in customized colors are one of the year’s growing trends. And with that new light fixture, you don’t even have to rely on a window across from the range just to see what’s in the oven.

     

    We could go on for another 100 years about all the features, big and small, that have changed in kitchens over time, but that would be as difficult as describing each unique family to walk through those kitchens. We’d love to hear how your family kitchen has changed through the years. Share with us on Facebook or Instagram.

     

    For more home history and to help us celebrate Schlage’s 100th anniversary, visit Schlage.com/100.

    100 years of kitchen transformation

    “Colonial with Three Bedrooms and Options.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 23.

     

    3 LGBTQ innovators creating new spaces in design and tech.

    June 1, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    LGBTQ Designers & Innovators

    In celebration of Pride Month, Schlage shares three innovators – technology entrepreneur Tim Gill and designers Sara Berks and Shavonda Gardner – who are creating beautiful homes for themselves and others.

     

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    Innovative minds don’t accept the status quo. They do great things by seeking out fresh perspectives and creating new spaces that “work” for them, their communities and their careers. In celebration of Pride Month, Schlage shares three innovators – technology entrepreneur Tim Gill and designers Sara Berks and Shavonda Gardner – who are creating beautiful homes for themselves and others.

    Tim Gill – Smart Home Tech Innovator/Activist

    Tim Gill, who lives with his husband in Colorado, has founded more than one successful technology company in his career and their success has allowed him to champion LGTBQ equal rights.

     

    In 1981, Gill borrowed $2,000 from his parents for his first startup, Quark Inc. Before long, Quark became one of the leading software publishing companies in the industry and earned the founder a spot on the Forbes 400 list. He sold his share in the business less than 20 years later for a reported $500 million.

     

    With some extra cash and time on his hands, Gill devoted himself to the Gill Foundation. Since its creation in 1994, the foundation has invested more than $365 million in groups fighting for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the last several decades. The funds support academic research, legal action and more.

     

    Gill Action, a political action group, and OutGiving, which, in the words of Rolling Stone, “coaches the country’s richest pro-LGBTQ funders on how to spend their money,” came next for the philanthropist. It’s not a coincidence, nor is it a surprise given the breadth and depth of his efforts, that Colorado has since elected its first openly gay governor and openly transgender state legislator. The state Capitol also flew a rainbow gay pride flag for the first time last June.

     

    Beyond his passion with equal rights for LGBT individuals, Gill has also provided substantial support in other areas such as STEM education. That should come as no surprise, either. It was his own success in the science and technology fields that put him in a position to impact society, after all.

     

    Having said he failed at his first attempt at retirement, Gill founded Josh.ai, a voice-controlled smart home automation system, in 2015. Josh.ai uses its own artificial intelligence technology platform to control the smart devices in your home. The company’s long-range goal is to expand its AI for use beyond just smart homes. “Josh will go where you go,” says its website, “making your life easier and more productive.”

    Sara Berks – Textile Designer

    When fiber artist Sara Berks changed her environment, everything else began to fall into place and her life and business have never been the same.

     

    “I enjoyed what I was doing but I found it incredibly disheartening,” Berks said in an interview about her early career as a graphic designer for a large firm. “I was so burnt out and uninspired. By the end of each work day, I had little to no creative energy to focus on my own work. The design world is very male dominated and that's something I greatly struggled with. My creative directors were always men and the office environment had this very masculine mentality I just couldn't get behind. As a woman, a queer person and a feminist, I felt like everything I believed in was thrown out the window the second I walked into the office. I never felt like my voice was heard. I didn't feel supported and I knew that I couldn't continue working in that environment much longer.”

     

    Berks gave up the big-firm graphic design gig, began freelancing and taught herself to weave, reigniting that creative energy she was missing. One thing led to another and she’s now the founder and owner of the textile design company, MINNA. She’s not just making beautiful throws, pillows, scarves and rugs, though. By only using artisans in South and Central America to make its products, MINNA supports traditional craftsmanship to preserve cultural traditions and create more opportunities for artisans.

     

    The company website describes MINNA, founded in 2013, as “a tight-knit team of artists, creators, and thinkers” that is “strongly committed to creating and promoting ethically made goods, and we support artists, designers, and friends that share this commitment through the brands that we choose to stock in our store. We love to work with queer, POC, women, and femme owned and led brands that embrace the thoughtfully-made spirit.”

     

    Since originally being based out of the owner’s Brooklyn apartment, MINNA now has its own storefront in Hudson, N.Y., and a separate studio for Berks to hone her creativity. Process, growth and pushing the envelope are what drive and guide Berks, both on a professional and personal level.

     

    “I think it’s important to acknowledge the roots where someone comes from when talking about work,” she told The Fold. “Being queer informed a lot of my life decisions and the way I interact with the world and build relationships. It felt natural to me that it would also impact the way I think about work and business.

     

    “In the business sense,” she continued, “I see queer as questioning the status quo. Businesses can be used to doing such horrible things and I’m trying to use business to be good. I really think it’s possible. We’re always trying to see if there’s a different or better way to do everything we do.”

     

    You can follow MINNA on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

    Shavonda Gardner – Blogger/Interior Designer

    In 2017, Shavonda Gardner was named The Modern Maverick in the Domino Design Blog Awards. It’s a fitting tribute to a designer who, like Berks, hasn’t exactly stuck to the status quo. A military veteran, she studied interior design at the Art Institute of Sacramento. Although she loved the field, the prospect of working in an agency setting, taking orders from clients did not excite Gardner. Instead, she launched a blog now known as SG Style.

     

    A home décor and style blog might not sound revolutionary today, but in 2012, it was less common. Inspired by the few home bloggers that had started to blaze a trail, Gardner shared her own home renovations with readers. And in yet another break from tradition, her designs highlighted a more eclectic and moody vibe compared to the sleek Scandinavian style trend that was dominating the internet at the time.

     

    “I love a mix of old and new, high-end and budget-savvy, and prefer spaces that are layered to the max,” she says on her blog. “I believe every space needs a bit of the unexpected and a little something black.” Black accent walls and other bold colors are often paired with global flavor, typically African and island-inspired.

     

    Her own home is the perfect staging ground to show off the looks she loves. Gardner downsized the California home she lived in with her wife and two kids, saying it felt “wasteful” to live in a house so large that they barely used all of it. She’s now considered a kind of expert on small-space décor and even showed her design chops on the front entry of her 1940s bungalow. You’ll not only see that love of bright colors but also a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt (and a pretty cute pup).

     

    “I don’t care about the status quo,” Gardner told Apartment Therapy when she was named one of the its Design Changemakers to Know in 2020. “I have a love and appreciation for things like trends and what’s hot, and things that are happening, but I genuinely just love what I love and I know myself. I’m totally comfortable in being myself no matter what.”

     

    In talking with Apartment Therapy, Gardner also spoke of the legacy she hopes to leave behind. Being completely candid about the fact that there are few people of color and even fewer LGBTQ individuals of color in the design industry, she said, “The legacy that I hope to leave is that fellow creatives of color feel like they have a space in this world, feel like their voices are important, their visions are important, to feel like they belong in this space, period.”

     

    Follow Gardner on Instagram for her design tips and more.

    You can read about some other innovators in the design and architecture industries at the Schlage blog. In case you missed them, our tributes to African-American trailblazers, woman gamechangers, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander difference makers were published earlier this year.

     

    Virtual home tours to help you escape.

    May 15, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Virtual tours of homes and Neuschwanstein Castle | Schlage

    Try these virtual tours, videos and webcams to see how the other half lives and enjoy a bit of an escape.

     

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    If we’re going to shelter in place, living somewhere beautiful or exotic would be a stroke of fortune. Those of us who live in more ordinary surrounds, however, get to live vicariously through others. Try these virtual tours, videos and webcams to see how the other half lives and enjoy a bit of an escape.
    One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well-known homes may be Fallingwater, but you can tour Taliesin, the beautiful house and grounds the architect designed in Wisconsin, online. Take in the 360-degree views and learn about the home and its history here. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is also doing virtual tours on social media every Thursday while their sites are closed during the pandemic.

    Mark Twain House Virtual Tour

    Mark Twain's Connecticut Home

    We went on many an adventure with Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer as children, so why not see where their creator lived. Explore Mark Twain’s Connecticut home in 3D or dollhouse mode and even use the measuring tool to, well, measure items found in the house.

    Monticello Virtual Tour

    Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello

    Thomas Jefferson’s house is a leading example of classical architecture. The Monticello website has a variety of ways to explore the home and grounds online, either with a 360-degree tour, a Google Street View tour or a virtual field trip for schools.

    Neuschwanstein Castle Panoramic Video

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    It’s hard to find a grander or more iconic house than this German castle. Disney even used it as its model for its logo. Take in breathtaking aerial views of Neuschwanstein here. Air Pano has a huge range of other panoramic videos from all over the world, from the Milky Way over the Sahara Desert to diving with manta rays and even soaring with dinosaurs over Angel Falls, if you’re looking for more escape.

    Royal British Homes Virtual Tours

    Buckingham Palace

    Feel like royalty with these short virtual tours of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. No passport necessary to take in these majestic British homes.

    Georgia O’Keeffe Videos and Webcam

    O'Keeffe Home in New Mexico

    The late artist’s New Mexico home and studio can be explored from anywhere thanks to the videos created by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. There’s also a webcam of her Abiquiú Garden.
    Architectural Digest shares its collection of celebrity homes from all over the world, from Jason Statham’s Malibu digs to Lenny Kravitz’s Brazilian getaway. Even if you don’t have a movie star budget, you can still gather some inspiration and enjoy the views.

    Puppy Webcam

    Chocolate lab puppies playing with balls.

    If looking at other homes and locations ends up making you feel melancholy instead of refreshed, try a puppy cam instead. Because puppies make everything better.

     

    Looking for more ideas to keep you and the family busy? Schlage can help. Try one of our home improvement projects for kids, consider a quick renovation for relaxation using materials you probably already own or tackle some outdoor projects so you can enjoy the great outdoors right at home.

     

    8 resources to boost your home's resale value with curb appeal.

    May 7, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Curb appeal inspiration | Schlage

    Spring is the perfect time of year to give the front of your home a little care and attention. Here are a few of our favorite resources to help spark your next great idea and give your front entry a new life.

     

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    According to the 2020 Cost vs. Value report from Hanley Wood, your home's curb appeal actually plays a major role in its resale value. Spring is the perfect time of year to give the front of your home a little care and attention. Below are a few of our favorite resources to help spark your next great idea and give your front entry a new life.
    8 curb appeal resources for inspiration.

    1. HGTV

    No matter what home project you may have on your mind, HGTV has a gallery to help you get started. Their front door inspiration gallery is full of ideas from paint colors and door hardware to welcome mats and planters. If you're not sure where to begin or which products you'd like best, this gallery is a great place to start.

    2. Houzz

    Whether you have a vision in mind or aren't sure where to begin, Houzz is a great resource for finding the right inspiration for your personal style. With its endless gallery of home decor photos and product recommendations, you're sure to find what you need. If after exploring you're still at a loss, visit the Stories & Advice section of Houzz and let its community of home owners and designers help you decide where to begin.

    3. Build.com

    Build.com has become an all-in-one resource for projects up any homeowner’s alley. Visit their Learning Center for buying and DIY guides, design inspiration and product spotlights. You’ll find everything you need to upgrade your curb appeal with entryway and outdoor living décor help.

    4. Lowe's

    Our friends at Lowe's regularly share useful tips and inspiration for home and garden. Find all the inspiration and tutorials you need to create a welcoming outdoor space, from planters and flower arrangements to tables and outdoor accessories on their DIY Projects and Ideas page.

    5. Terrain

    If you're looking to add a special touch to your curb appeal, Terrain is the perfect stop for unique planters and interesting arrangements. Find all the accessories you need to make a good first impression.

    6. The Home Depot

    With its large resource of how-to guides and tutorials, The Home Depot is the perfect resource for anything you need to know about your next outdoor project. Learn to make a unique address display or find out what you need to know before you purchase outdoor power equipment.

    7. Wayfair

    If you’re looking to stir the creative juices, Wayfair has a huge collection of sample rooms and outdoor spaces. They also show you exactly what you need to buy if you want to replicate that look. In addition to outdoor furniture and accessories, you can also search for ideas for the entire home by room, color, different styles like Boho Chic or even by celebrity.

    8. DIY Network

    DIY Network is one of our favorite go-to sites for when we want to get our hands a little dirty but aren’t quite sure how to pull off a project. One of the best parts is that they have step-by-step instructions for nearly any task from gardening to carpentry and stonework to upcycling crafts.

     

    What are your go-to resources for curb appeal advice and inspiration? Let us know on Twitter or spark more ideas at Pinterest.

     

    Top designers rooted in culture, committed to modern solutions.

    May 6, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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    In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Schlage is highlighting three designers, from the United States and abroad, who are taking the utilitarian and reinvigorating it with deeper meaning.

     

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    Our homes say something about who we are. Or do they? We often design buildings for functional reasons – we need a house, a school, a hospital, an office park – rather than as symbols of our cultural identity. We produce as much and as quickly as we can, sometimes at the expense of meaningful beauty. In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Schlage is highlighting three designers, from the United States and abroad, who are taking the utilitarian and reinvigorating it with deeper meaning.

    Syrette Lew – Furniture Designer

    Syrette Lew took an unconventional path to her current success. Born and raised in Hawaii, Lew earned her first degree in economics, then, looking to combine her creative streak with her analytical mind, earned a second degree in industrial design. The worlds of furniture design, as well as jewelry and bags, have not been the same since.

     

    Today, Lew is the founder and owner of Moving Mountains, a Brooklyn-based company that uses regional craftsman to create custom-made furniture. In 2014, she showed her first collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and came away with a pair of awards, including the “Metropolis Likes” honor for a set of nesting tables.

     

    With a focus on natural materials, Lew says the challenge is creating balanced pieces. “There’s a fine line between too much and too little and it’s hard to know what will withstand the test of time,” she told Design For Mankind. “It is one of design’s most difficult exercises – but if achieved, can be sublime.”

     

    Most often described as modern, even by the designer herself, Lew’s furniture is also sometimes called whimsical and “of-the-moment.” It comes from walking the line between too much and too little as well as balancing contemporary with history.

     

    “I do love fashion and the way it changes, but don't necessarily think furniture should follow that same pace,” she said in an interview with Refinery29. “You want your chair or sofa to last for years — not throw it away and get a new one next year."

     

    You won’t find Lew’s collections in stores as all her pieces are made-to-order. She’s also not concerned with cranking out new designs at rapid pace, preferring instead to create the best pieces instead of the most. It’s all part of her belief that we should invest in furniture and home décor that, although they may be more expensive, are made with quality and care.

     

    Lew was named one of Dwell’s Asian-Pacific American designers to follow on Instagram. You can follow her @mvngmtns.

    John Belford-Lelaulu – Social Designer

    There’s architecture and then there’s social design. It’s that second one – approaching social issues like poverty and inequality with systemic solutions such as improved housing – that drives John Belford-Lelaulu. The New Zealand-born Samoan went through his early architectural studies without finding anything that truly excited him. When he discovered that it was because the country’s typical architecture failed to represent his Samoan and Pasifika roots, he knew what he needed to do.

     

    As a Master’s student, he was a finalist for the Unitec Department of Architecture’s design award for “Le Malofie.” The building proposed for his project focused on incorporating the traditional Samoan tattoo into the architecture of the building itself rather than simply using Pacific arts as a visual design element or building façade.

     

    “My thesis was based around architecturalising the traditional Samoan tattoo,” he explained in Architecture Now. “I was really interested in values such as our responsibility to our family and our community and self-exploration, but mostly, this idea of service. In Samoan it’s tautua, and it is such a fundamental and intrinsic part of what it means to be Samoan.”

     

    After graduating, Belford-Lelaulu went in search of design opportunities with more meaning. First it was New York City. There he joined a non-profit organization to help develop community gardens that would improve the lives of the city’s homeless through training selling their products as a source of income.

     

    Later there was a trip to the Philippines, where he focused on developing cultural centers. He also worked with Habitat for Humanity and Bringing Our Children Home in Chile, where they built houses specially adapted for families with children with special needs. Through all these opportunities, Belford-Lelaulu began to develop a new perspective on architecture and its larger societal impact.

     

    “My ultimate goal is to open more career opportunities for young Pasifika people in humanitarian and social architecture,” Belford-Lelaulu said in another interview. “Creating responses to social inequality, inequity, injustices are inherent within our culture, especially diaspora and migrant Pasifika communities. But to express our culture in the way WE see it, is still young and unexplored territory within spatial industries.”

     

    To help reach that goal, Belford-Lelaulu created MAU Studio. Educational opportunities and experiences allow New Zealand’s youth to connect with their culture and engage with their community through meaningful architecture and institutions.

     

    Much of Belford-Lelaulu’s motivation comes from his own upbringing – he is one of 12 kids in a family that struggled with poverty – and culture. “There’s a (Samoan) proverb which is ‘O le ala i le pule o le tautua’, meaning, ‘The path to authority is through service,’” he told Architecture Now. “In order to do anything in Samoa, you need to be serving. You can’t just become an architect or a chief. You have to be helping different members of the community. For me, I ask myself how I can serve the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

    Kenzō Tange – Architect/Urban Planner

    Kenzō Tange was known throughout his native Japan and globally as a leading architect, teacher and urban planner. Most of his professional career followed World War II when he was chosen for one of his most meaningful projects – rebuilding Hiroshima. As part of his commission, he designed the Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park, which today is credited with making the city “symbolic of the human longing for peace.”

     

    When he was selected for this reconstruction effort, Tange was still a few years away from earning his doctorate, but he was hardly unproven in the field. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1938. A decade later, he began teaching at the same school and was named a professor emeritus in 1974. His teaching resume also included several American universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley and several Ivy League schools.

     

    As a practicing architect and urban planner, Tange designed the National Gymnasiums for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, cited by the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury as “among the most beautiful structures built in the twentieth century. In preparing a design, Tange arrives at shapes that lift our hearts because they seem to emerge from some ancient and dimly remembered past and yet are breathtakingly of today.”

     

    Tange won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1987, becoming the first Japanese architect to do so. When he received the French Architecture Academy’s gold medal almost 15 years earlier, he was the only person to also have earned gold medals from the Royal Institute of British Architects and American Institute of Architects.

     

    In addition to his work in Japan, Tange is credited with the expansion that almost doubled the size of the Minneapolis Art Museum as well as several commercial and educational buildings across Asia and the rest of the world. One of his last projects, some private apartments in Singapore, was completed in 2003, just two years before his death at the age of 91.

     

    There’s plenty more history to be found at Schlage. Check out our heritage blogs from Black History Month and Women’s History Month. And don’t forget Schlage.com/100 to help us celebrate our anniversary.

     

    Schlage celebrates a century of moms around the world.

    May 1, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Mother and son | Schlage

    Get the important stuff taken care of – a card, the perfect gift, restaurant reservations – then brush up on your Mother’s Day facts and prepare to astound Mom over brunch.

     

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    With all she does, every day should be Mother’s Day. (In case you’re panicking now, it’s May 10 this year.) Get the important stuff taken care of – a card, the perfect gift, restaurant reservations – then brush up on your Mother’s Day facts and prepare to astound Mom over brunch.
    Mother hugging son while holding bouquet of tulips.

    When did Mother’s Day start?

    Mothers have been around since the beginning of time, but it wasn’t until 1914 that Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday. We celebrated it in some fashion before then, and other countries got in on the action as well. We would recognize the early British version, Mothering Sunday, today. What essentially amounted to a family reunion, English children visited their mother and treated her to a day free of cooking and cleaning and full of love and a “mothering cake.”

     

    American matriarchs celebrated Mother’s Day in a totally different way, however. In the 19th century, it was intended to promote world peace. The initiative didn’t gain much momentum, unfortunately, and the focus eventually shifted to education. Then called Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, it was all about teaching proper hygiene and care for children during a time when infant mortality was as high as 30 percent in some regions.

     

    Mother’s Day as we Americans know it today was instituted in the early 20th century when Anna Jarvis, who is most frequently credited with … well, birthing … the holiday, encouraged families to buy flowers and sweets to honor their moms. Within a few years of achieving her goal – President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill declaring Mother’s Day a national holiday on May 9, 1914 – Jarvis became appalled by its over-commercialization. She changed her tune and tried to dissuade people from buying gifts, making the Mother’s Day of 100 years ago not so sweet for at least one woman.

    What do moms want for Mother’s Day?

    Originally, as today, flowers were the most commonly purchased gifts for the first Mother’s Day. Many of those flowers had symbolic meaning. At a time when recognizing Mom meant a trip to church, red carnations represented living mothers and white carnations were for those who had passed.

     

    Today, there’s the always-popular “gift” of giving Mom the day off. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. Letting someone else do the cooking is a safe decision. The same survey found that the preferred gift for almost 50 percent of moms is a restaurant meal with family. Other front runners were flowers and household or home décor items.

    Who are the most famous mothers in history?

    The best mother, of course, is yours. Others have also made impressive contributions to their families and blazing trails in business, science and human rights.

     

    • A committed abolitionist and suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a key player in securing women’s right to vote. Despite not being able to visit the polls herself, she became the first woman to run for Congress. Stanton’s youngest daughter upheld the family tradition, also joining the suffrage movement. Although her mother did not survive long enough to see women get the vote in 1920, her daughter did and continued lobbying for equal rights years later.

    • Born a slave in 1797, Sojourner Truth eventually earned her freedom and spent the rest of her life campaigning for equal rights for women and African Americans. In 1827, she successfully sued a white slaveowner after her five-year-old son was illegally sold into slavery, marking a rare instance in which a black woman succeeded in court against a white man.

    • Marie Curie is best known as the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, actually winning two for work in physics and chemistry. Less known, however, is that she was also the mother of two daughters, including Irene Joliot-Curie, who also won her own Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    • Many of us are more familiar with Candy Lightner’s organization than the woman herself. The founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Lightner rallied behind the tragic death of her daughter to form one of the largest activist organizations in the country, was named to a national commission on drunk driving by President Ronald Regan in 1984 and continues to work on social issues today.

    • At the time of her election, New Zealand’s Jacinda Arden was the youngest prime minister in the world at 38. Her international notoriety is partly a result of her stance on family. Even as the nation’s highest-ranking government official, she still took six weeks maternity leave after giving birth in office and later announced reforms that included an increase in paid parental leave.

    How do they celebrate Mother’s Day around the world?

    Mother’s Day in the United States is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Other countries around the world honor their moms at different times and in different ways, however.

     

    • England celebrates Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Like in the U.S., chocolate and flowers are popular gifts, although mothering cake – a light fruit cake with marzipan – was customary in earlier days.

    • Día de las Madres in Mexico is on the same day every year – May 10. Activities include a special church mass in Mom’s honor, often followed by a community breakfast.

    • Australia’s Mother’s Day is said to have originated in the early 20th century when a Mrs. Heyden gave gifts to mothers at the Home for Destitute Women and Children. Today, celebrations primarily mirror those of the United States with gifts and a “day off” for Mom.

    • Chinese Mother’s Day traditions vary regionally and generationally. While younger families often celebrate by gifting carnations or lilies, similar to Western culture, others use the day to honor the mother of Confucian philosopher Meng Zi, who is considered to be the ideal mom.

    All this history is fascinating, but it doesn’t really help if you don’t know what to get Mom, does it? We can help with that. Find ideas in our Gift Guides or on one of our luxury or smart lock gift lists at the Schlage blog.

     

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