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    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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    Holiday - Door Designs - Schlage

    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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    Hollywood Regency - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    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.
     

    A Mid-Century Modern masterpiece with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    October 23, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Mid-century Modern - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    After 50 years, the clean, sleek, distinctive look of Mid-Century Modern has been making a comeback. But to Amy Matthews, Contractor, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, it never really went away.

     

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    Mid-century Modern - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    After 50 years, the clean, sleek, distinctive look of Mid-Century Modern has been making a comeback. But to Amy Matthews, Contractor, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, it never really went away. And there’s a good reason for that. Mid-century modern style is all about simplicity and functionality. At its core, it’s about stripping things down to basic design, bare elements and the inclusion of natural elements and textures offset by touches of bold color and contrast. There’s a timelessness to it which has made it so unique since its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.
    Mid-century Modern - Door Hardware - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    Mid-century modern was the direction Amy chose for creating an entire design around a single piece of Schlage door hardware – the Eller lever. In the second installment of her four-part series in which she creates imaginative mood boards in this fashion, Amy took her inspiration from the soft, simple lines of the Eller lever to design a mid-century modern masterpiece.

     

    The Eller lever features a distinctive silhouette and a decidedly modern style with the brushed nickel finish serving as a contemporary highlight in contrast to the wood, stone and period touches that Amy selected.


    It’s minimalist style to the max. And if you’ve watched Mad Men, you know the look. We think you will love Amy’s take on this iconic era of interior design.

    Mid-century Modern - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage's Eller lever was created to be mainstream enough to work in a variety of contemporary to transitional settings. Its soft, curving Scandinavian design and clean precision make it the ideal starting point for building a range of modernist looks. The Eller also pairs with a number of available trims and finishes which allow for versatility in design. Talk about open possibilities. According to Amy, she really "jives" on this particular look.

    Mid-century Modern - Mood Board - Schlage Custom Eller Lever

    The mood board: authentic, clean and all-natural

    Starting with the Eller lever, Amy embraced the challenge of designing the mood board around the door hardware. She wanted immediate contrast with the rich, natural wood of the door and its ruddy texture. She also wanted to juxtapose the brushed nickel and modernity of the lever with warm hues and patterns. This was reflected by Schlage designers in the furniture stylings, the simplicity of the dark gray, textured tile flooring as well as the warm, inviting colors chosen for room accessories and appointments. The outcome was clean, modern, natural and truly inspired.

    The look: modern and sleek

    Amy’s mood board carefully considered the entire aesthetic of the room. She built the mood board around the Schlage Custom Eller lever and paired it with a rich, natural wooden door. She wanted to really pull out the contrasts afforded by the naturalness of the wood, contrasting colors like pale green and dark gray with the brushed metal finish of the Eller lever (the only metal in the room). Other accent colors like corals and reds were included in the geometric accent patterns in the pillows, rug and other accessories.

    Mid-century Modern - Eller Lever - 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 simple and 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 customize 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 room to life, click here. You, too, can create a room like this. Affordably. And all it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Tips to transform your front porch for fall and beyond

    October 15, 2018 12:36 PM by reference-adjustment-service

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    It’s time to spruce-up your front porch to prepare for the holidays. Get our tips for the best fall front porch that will easily transition to winter.

     

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    Summer is out and fall is in. It’s time to give your front porch the spruce-up it’s been waiting for to prepare for the holidays. From simple home improvement to creative home décor, the opportunities to make a welcoming statement with your entryway are endless.

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    Image from Lark & Linen featuring Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    The first impression

    With temperatures still relatively warm, yet no longer sweltering hot, it’s a great time to take on some outdoor projects. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Pick from bright colors to give it an extra punch for the season. Vibrant reds, oranges and blues are among Pantone’s favorite hues for the fall and winter.

     

    While you’re at it, update your door’s style with new accessories, including house numbers and coat hooks. Because when was the last time you hosted a cool-weather get-together and said, “I have too many coat hooks”?

    Cold weather hospitality

    Don’t leave your guests standing out in bad weather, either. By installing a smart lock, you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under the mat. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can be programmed with up to 30 different access codes and work with a variety of smart home systems like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Fall classics

    Showcase your fall creativity with home décor, too. Incorporating pumpkins on your porch is always a winner, regardless of whether you leave them orange for an extra pop of color, paint them to match a monochromatic design or let the family carve them for a touch of fun.

     

    HGTV.com highlights metallic elements as an increasingly popular way to catch the eye of passers-by. A copper jug, either brand new and shiny or with an aged patina, can add a touch of glitter as well as hold your favorite fall foliage. It’s a great way to mix and match textures as well as color.

    Cozy details

    Continue playing with textures by replacing the cushions on your patio furniture or adding an outdoor rug. Think outside the box and hang with some outdoor curtains to create a cozy nook, perfect for a private cup of tea and leaf peeping from the porch.

     

    Of course, the sun is setting earlier, so don’t forget the lights. Set, or create, the mood with a new outdoor lighting system. Houzz suggests flameless candles for creating a safe and relaxing escape, while a strand of twinkle lights will seamlessly carry you into the winter.

    Budget-friendly curb appeal

    If time and budget are concerns, especially with the holidays approaching, consider options that will let you change your porch’s look with minimal investment. Choose a wreath that can switch from Thanksgiving to winter by simply swapping out a few floral elements. Containers with your typical garden plants can go from Halloween to winter wonderland by replacing the pumpkin next to the regular plantings with an artificial snowman. Follow Schlage on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.

    No matter how you choose to update your curb appeal for fall, remember that it’s also a time to enjoy family, friends and festivity. Trying some of these simple tips will help make it an attractive, and stress-free, season for all.

    New Schlage Custom™ Handlesets extend the possibilities of stylish entry design.

    August 27, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Schlage Custom - Stylish Entry - Handlesets

    The bold look of our latest ¾ handlesets allow homeowners to create the perfect first impression for their home with exterior locks that set the standard for safety, simplicity and style.

     

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    Personalization and flexibility. These two concepts are turning up time and again in design blogs and articles as people look to elevate the style of their homes. The bold look of our latest ¾ handlesets allow homeowners to create the perfect first impression for their home with exterior locks that set the standard for safety, simplicity and style.

     

    Some color trends (the rose gold thing) are on the way out while others (brown is back) are on the way in. Bright, expressive colors are also popular, with Ultra Violet, of all things, taking center stage as Pantone’s Color of The Year. Styles, colors and character are changing from room to room as people express their own personal style and strive to “embrace natural character and authentic textures in their home” according to Leigh Spicher, design director for a leading home builder.

     

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware and the newly introduced ¾ handleset provide a unique opportunity, offering a breadth of products that perfectly suit today’s focus on flexibility, style and functionality.

    Stylish Entry - 3/4 Handlesets - 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 simple as can be.

     

    A screwdriver and an allen wrench are all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of any door lock. It’s that easy. A wide range of designer-inspired knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes help make for the ultimate first impression when Schlage Custom handlesets greet visitors at the front door. And brand new ¾ handleset designs, launching this month, add even more possibilities. The distinctive ¾ trim from the grip to the deadbolt creates a stylish, architectural look that is unmistakable and will literally give your entrance door a makeover.

    Schlage Custom 3/4 Handlesets

    Flexibility in function

    Design flexibility is just the beginning. Inside the home, Schlage Custom Door Hardware works for a hall or closet door as easily as it does on a locking bedroom or bathroom door. If a homeowner wants to add the ability to lock the door, they simply insert the included locking pin. Without any additional tools, and in just a moment, they can add or remove the locking pin to suit the needs of any room at any moment.

    Well suited for style, performance and value

    “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” This has never been more true than with Schlage Custom Door Hardware.

     

    Regardless of function, regardless of style preferences, the sky is the limit whether a homeowner is looking for a coordinated look throughout their home or wants to mix and match styles on different doors. They can even mix and match styles and finishes on both sides of the same door depending upon what they’ve chosen for a specific room’s décor – from traditional to transitional to contemporary and beyond.

     

    The innovative core of Schlage Custom allows for a range of options, allowing for a quick, convenient style update without having to remove the whole lock. And Schlage’s premium design won’t break the bank, delivering a custom designer look that installs in minutes. And at an affordable price.

    Schlage Custom 3/4 Handlesets

    According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Schlage’s parent-company Allegion, “Today’s home styles call for flexibility, simplicity, premium style and value. It’s no surprise that these have been principles upon which Schlage was founded almost 100 years ago and that we continue to deliver upon, today.”

     

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware was designed with both form and function in mind. Explore the possibilities at Schlage.com and purchase online at amazon.com and build.com and coming soon to homedepot.com and lowes.com. Enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    A big idea? Ted talks tiny houses and how best to secure them.

    August 17, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Ted Talks - Tiny Homes - Schlage

    How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

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    The Tiny House movement can be credibly traced back to Henry David Thoreau, his 1843 Walden Pond experiment (and the book that came of it) as well as the $28 dollars he spent to build what amounted to one of the first true “tiny houses.” It was 150 square feet and featured a fireplace, a table, a desk and three chairs. Its purpose? To see if a person can eschew the trappings of luxury and live happily and comfortably with less. For less.

     

    Today’s tiny house is a little bigger – around 400 square feet on average – and often includes a kitchen and bathroom. But the general concept, re-introduced in 1997 and exploding today, remains the same. How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

    To get a unique perspective on the phenomenon, we asked Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, to share some thoughts on tiny living and how a tiny home and its owner can benefit from the Schlage door hardware products that Ted helps design.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Why invest in the latest Schlage door hardware when part of the motivation for building a tiny home is saving money?

    A. “Just because it’s tiny doesn’t make it any less of a house. In fact, these homeowners have downsized to the point that they’re only really keeping their most prized, most valuable possessions.”

     

    “It may be counter-intuitive, but they actually need the better locks. From a security standpoint, there’s less between themselves and the outside world than you’d find in your typical 2,600-square-foot home. In the final analysis, how can someone afford not to have the best locks possible for their tiny house? You’ve got maybe an entrance or two and maybe an interior door, so why not get the best lock you possibly can to secure what’s important to you?”

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    Q. Would you say that cost, then, is the main driver behind the tiny living phenomenon?

    A.“It’s one of them, for certain. The average cost of a tiny home is only around $20,000. But when you look at the costs and then factor in everything else, it’s really more than just saving money. Tiny living helps to reduce one’s carbon footprint. What’s more, the lifestyle really requires you to take stock of what’s important and make some significant decisions about where and how you want to live. It’s a little house, but it involves some pretty big thinking.”

    Q. Who is buying and building these tiny homes?

    A. “Believe it or not, 2 out of 5 tiny homes is owned by someone over 50 years old. Owners of tiny homes are individualists looking for something different; some fun in their lives. They’re principled, emotionally engaged, they know what they want and they go and get it. There’s a measure of pride and ownership building a home and a lifestyle like this. It’s like joining a club, of sorts, where tiny homeowners find a measure of identity and self-actualization through the investments and the decisions they make to embrace tiny living.”

    “Identifying with folks like this is an important part of who we are and what we do. That hasn’t changed for us since Walter Schlage started the company in 1920. This allows us to design products for a typical home, door hardware specially made for really demanding commercial applications or, in this case, stylish and secure door hardware that fits perfectly with the style and performance needs of the tiny home.”

    Q. As a style influencer, what are some challenges you’d anticipate an owner of a tiny home might face selecting the right door hardware?

    A. “It’s not the hardware that’s the challenge. All of our products are refined for user experience, aesthetics, quality – all without sacrificing security. And that’s regardless of application. For the owner of a tiny home, it really is a matter of finding products that fit the style and character of their house. That’s as true of the appliances they choose as it is of their door locks. These aren’t just boxes. This isn’t camping. These aren’t trailers. I liken them to those quaint motor court cottages that were popular in the 20’s and 30’s and they range in style from rustic to Victorian to ultra-modern. So, it’s important that we provide flexible styles and finishes that complement these homes, just as we would any home. And we do, along with the security and convenience people expect from Schlage.”

    Tiny Home - Security - Schlage

    Q. Anything else a tiny living homeowner needs to prepare for, security-wise?

    A. “There are a lot of important possessions that you would normally keep in a garage or shed at home that you wouldn’t have room for in a typical tiny house. Bicycles. Motorcycles. Utility and recreational vehicles. Your lawnmower. Your grill. Our sister company, Kryptonite, is known for its specialty locks and offers a wide selection of smart, serious security solutions. We have your tiny home secured, inside and out.”

     

    “If you’re thinking about opening your home to guests, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Think it through from every angle. And prepare yourself and your home for the tremendous responsibility you’re taking on, as well as for the tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of the latest smart home technologies to ensure a great experience for you and your guests. And look to Schlage to provide the style, simplicity and security you’ll need, plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand that’s this experienced and trusted.”

    Q. With tiny homes often available as vacation rentals on Airbnb and similar platforms, are there any special security considerations?

    A. “Home hosting is huge right now and it only makes sense that the tiny house and home hosting phenomenon would intersect at some point. Again, a tiny house is still a house, so security, convenience, affordability and style play just as important a role in determining one’s selection of door hardware. For instance, a Schlage programmable electronic lock or a smart lock would be ideal for the exterior doors. You get the convenience of an easily changeable and assignable code versus having to provide a key for your rental properties. And with smart locks, you’re providing the added benefits of managing home access using your smartphone. That goes for whatever size home you’re renting.”

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    Image and quote from Matt and Melina of @ourtinybeachhouse, minimalist DIYers who use Schlage locks.

    Q. Do you see yourself living in a tiny house at some point?

    A. “The simplicity, the style, the reduction of complications in one’s life – these have a real appeal to me. It’s just that by the time I made room for my more than 1,000 books on architecture and architectural design and all my art supplies, it would no longer be a tiny house!”

    Whatever the motivation behind your interest in tiny living, you can look to Schlage to provide the safety, simplicity and style you’ll need plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand backed by almost 100 years of experience and trust.
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