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    Storage solutions for a stylish, clutter-free home.

    September 29, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 29, 2023

    Stylish storage | Schlage

    If you are looking for a quick, easy cost-effective way to organize your space, these stylish storage solutions are the perfect place to start.



    There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of stepping into a clean, well-organized space. But when clutter starts piling up, it can quickly turn into a chaotic display of excess belongings and disorder. If you are looking for a quick, easy cost-effective way to organize your space, these stylish storage solutions are the perfect place to start.  
    Stylish organized minimalist shelving unit with baskets, boxes, eucalyptus.

    Evaluate your storage needs

    Before diving into the mission of organizing your living space, it’s crucial to take a step back and evaluate your storage needs. Pinpoint the areas in your home that are most cluttered and in need of attention. Focusing your efforts on these specific trouble spots is key because attempting to tackle multiple rooms at a time can hinder your ability to gauge progress and create unwanted stress. By taking it one room at a time, you’ll not only streamline your efforts but also witness the transformation of each space into a haven of tranquility and style.

    Woman using woven basekts to organize linen closet.

    Transforming chaos into chic order

    Whether you live in a small apartment or a spacious home, these home storage solutions offer inspiration to transform your space while enhancing organization and style. These ideas are versatile and adaptable, so get creative and have fun watching your space go from dissaray to organized style.


    One way to add both functionality and charm to your home is by using baskets. These versatile storage options come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing you to find the perfect fit for any room. Whether you use them to store blankets, toys, shoes, or even just as decorative accents, baskets are a great way to keep things organized while adding a touch of visual appeal. 


    If your hallways and entryways are always scattered with shoes and toys, try adding a basket under a console table like Living Spaces for a quiet, yet flattering way to store your items. 

    Open shelving

    If you’re looking to showcase your favorite items while reducing visual clutter, open shelving is the way to go. By removing the doors from your cabinets or investing in floating shelves, you can create a stylish display for your books, décor, and other belongings. Not only does this make your space feel more open, but it also encourages you to keep things tidy and organized. 


    Bathrooms are high traffic areas where organization is key, and clutter can accumulate quickly. One effective solution we love is incorporating narrow shelves, like these featured on Good Housekeeping. These space-saving shelves provide a practical yet stylish way to keep everyday items neatly stored.

    Open kitchen shelves storing dishes, utensils and books.

    Utilizing architectural features

    Take advantage of the existing architectural features in your home to maximize storage space. Nooks and alcoves are perfect opportunities to create functional storage solutions that seamlessly blend with your home’s design. Whether it’s a built-in bookshelf, a cozy reading nook with hidden storage, or an alcove transformed into a mini home office, these features can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. 

    Functional furniture

    Why settle for ordinary furniture when you can have pieces that offer both style and storage? Functional furniture with built in storage is a game-changer when it comes to removing visual clutter from your home. From ottomans with hidden compartments to coffee tables with drawers, these pieces allow you to keep your space tidy while adding a touch of sophistication to your décor.


    Whether it is adding a touch of style by installing new shelf or decluttering a corner with the help of a basket, each organizational effort contributes to the overarching goal of turning your living space into a cleaner, stylish and more organized space. The path to a serene and stylish home isn’t about the scale of the task, but rather the intent and dedication behind it. With each storage solution you implement you’re taking strides towards creating the clutter-free home you’ve always envisioned. 

    While the options above only scratch the surface of the many stylish storage solutions you can incorporate in your home, we hope they inspire you to make a small step towards creating a stylish and clutter-free home. For all things home improvement and DIY, check out the Schlage blog, Instagram and Pinterest!


    Best gardening tips to create deck privacy with plants.

    September 13, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 13, 2023

    Deck privacy with plants | Schlage

    When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.



    We love spending time outside in our backyards and on porches. The fresh air, sunshine and family time can’t be beat. Many of us are less enthusiastic about prying eyes, whether from neighboring houses or passers-by. When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.
    Modern backyard deck patio with concrete fire pit and wall of greenery for privacy.

    Best backyard plants for patio privacy

    For backyard privacy that feels more natural than a fence or that creates the illusion that you’re relaxing in a nature preserve, choose tall plants for your garden. Of course, look for varieties that thrive in your region, but you might consider some of these popular plants for equal parts beauty and privacy.

    Ornamental grasses

    For coverage high and wide – many varieties can grow as tall as eight feet and spread to about six – ornamental grasses are dependable plants for privacy. Zebra grass grows well in most zones and, because its foliage is multicolored, a nice addition to your curb appeal. Fountain grass and pink hair grass are other options. The kiddos might also get a kick out of their fuzzy spikes, great for a sensory garden as well as privacy.


    The most important thing is to choose your bamboo varieties wisely. Some are invasive and difficult to control. To help avoid that, choose a clumping variety, which grows taller versus out over wide areas. Also, choose a type of bamboo that will survive in your climate zone.Red Dragon, for example, can take temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit, so you even cold-weather homeowners can enjoy privacy. You’ll need several bamboo plants, spaced a few feet apart. The denser the plants – don’t worry about overplanting bamboo – the greater the privacy.


    We especially love palms for adding privacy to smaller patios or porches. It doesn’t have to be some huge, coconut-producing variety. Look for Areca, Lipstick or Needle palms instead. Because most palms don’t winter over very well, you might grow them in a container and bring them indoors when the temperature gets too low. Now, can’t you just imagine yourself lounging in a comfy chair or hammock, surrounded by tropical fronds?

    Fast-growing trees

    None of these options will give you privacy overnight. You can speed things up a bit by choosing fast-growing plants and trees. Arborvitae, also known as Thuja, is one of the most popular varieties due to their hardiness and low maintenance. Leyland cypress and many other evergreens are solid picks, too. If you aren’t a fan of having trees close to the house, plant them along your property line in place of a fence.

    Screened-in backyard deck with hanging ferns and wooden slats for privacy.

    Potted privacy plants

    A container garden is another great way to add privacy to a deck or patio. Not only will the plants help shield the sun or your neighbors’ attention, but so will the pots or whatever structure you hang them from. Hang plants high and let them drape, or start them low and let them climb.

    Vertical veggie garden

    Vertical hanging gardens are the perfect solution for those who are looking to create privacy with plants but have limited space to do so. These gardens utilize vertical space, allowing you to grow plants upwards and save valuable floor space. A great low-cost tip is to repurpose a shoe caddie and transform it into an herb planter. Or try growing climbing plants like beans, cucumbers, and even tomatoes on trellises or vertical planters to create a beautiful and functional privacy screen. 


    We especially like I Spy DIY’s vertical garden makeover and addition of a Schlage smart lock and lever on the back door. It’s the perfect companion for gardening enthusiasts who want both security and easy access to their outdoor oasis. With keyless convenience and remote access, it ensures your home is always secure, giving you peace of mind while you tend to your garden. No more fumbling for keys when going in or out of your back door, just a simple touch or code entry!

    Hanging plant wall

    One of the best things about this plant privacy wall is in that you can upcycle many of the materials to make it yourself. Reuse old shutters or pallets, for example, or frame some chicken wire or lattice panels. Once you have your structure in place, hang small potted plants using hooks or rope. The combination of plant varieties and arrangements is endless. This is customized DIY at its finest.

    Suspended window boxes

    Are they window boxes or hanging planters? There’s no need to choose. Use sturdy chain to suspend the boxes from a covered porch or pergola, and fill them with plants that drape over the edges. Think ferns, trailing snapdragon and sweet potato vine. The Spruce has even more ideas for spiller plants for container gardens.

    Potted climbing flowers

    Climbing or vining flowers like jasmine or clematis make the perfect potted privacy plants and add beautiful color to your curb appeal and privacy at the same time. Repurpose tomato cages or use a stake or trellis to give your flowers something to creep up. With a few containers side-by-side, you’ll have a gorgeous and colorful living privacy screen. Climbing roses are a great addition to an existing fence, too.

    Fast-growing trees

    Privacy is key to enjoying your back deck or patio. Especially when houses are close together, having a secluded area where guests can relax without any distraction is important.  By strategically placing tall and dense plants in rail planters, you can create a natural barrier that adds a touch of privacy to your space. Choose plants like bamboo, tall grasses, or even climbing vines to create a lush and secluded space. 

    Porch swing with plant wall for privacy.

    Consider long-term maintenance

    When it comes to using deck and patio plants for privacy, it’s important to consider the maintenance aspect as well. While plants can provide many benefits and added privacy to your space for years to come, it is crucial to choose the right plants and be mindful of their growth habits. Some plants can get out of control, requiring excessive trimming and potentially creeping into your neighbor’s yard. Additionally, certain plants with aggressive root systems can cause potential decking or foundation issues.


    So, while enjoying the benefits of privacy, it is essential to keep these factors in mind and choose plants that are manageable and won’t cause any unwanted complications. With proper planning, you can create a private outdoor sanctuary that brings beauty and tranquility to your space. 


    Looking for more ways to add privacy to your home? Or maybe you’re just hoping to spruce up your curb appeal for the warmer months? Visit the Schlage blog for more DIY tips and tricks that will help make any home feel like a haven.


    Prepare your home for independent living without a full remodel.

    August 23, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 23, 2023

    Independent Living | Schlage

    Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, these tips are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.



    For adults wanting to stay in their homes as they age, preparing the home for independent living now can make that goal more practical. Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, the tips below are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.
    Independent living couple sitting on front porch with coffee.

    Have all living essentials on the main level

    The most basic place to start is to have your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry all on the main level of your home. This may mean moving your washer and drier up from the basement or converting a room on the main level into a bedroom. Eliminating the need to go up and down stairs for any of these essentials will help facilitate independent living for longer.

    Update your bathroom for accessibility

    Bathrooms are notoriously difficult to navigate and are one of the most common places in the home for a fall. A few changes to your bathroom can make it safer for independent living. Start by adding a handrail by your toilet, and if it is low to the ground, consider upgrading to a chair-height toilet that will be much easier for sitting down and standing up. Next, make changes to your bath or shower. The best option is to have a low or no threshold shower with a wide doorway and grab bars both at the entry/exit point and in the shower itself. Other helpful additions including swapping your shower head for a wand, adding non-slip pads in the shower and on any floor tile and placing a bench or teak stool in the shower.

    Increase lighting

    As our eyes age, additional lighting is a necessary help. Consider how you can increase both natural and electric light in your home. While it may be tempting to add lamps in every corner, it is also important to think about reducing cords that could pose a trip risk and making lighting easier to access. For example, updating window treatments to a remote-control option can make it easier to welcome natural light during the day and changing to smart light bulbs or switches makes turning the lights on or off as easy as a simple voice command to your smart home hub.

    Woman reaching for closet door handle.

    Swap doorknobs for levers

    For those with arthritic hands or who have trouble gripping things, levers are much easier to operate than doorknobs. Fortunately, there are many stylish and secure options when it comes to door handles and levers – this is one change that can make your home more beautiful and functional for independent living!


    While you’re at it, consider ease of use for other home hardware as well. Appliance pulls, cabinet hardware, and faucets are all simple to switch for a more ergonomic option.  

    Widen doorways and slope transitions

    While this is a more extensive project, widening your doorways makes it easier to move throughout your home and may be necessary if you need a walker or wheelchair. Wider doorways also enable medical equipment or emergency personnel to come and go more easily. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is the perfect resource for navigating these modifications. 


    As you evaluate your doorways, it’s also a good idea to measure transitions between different types of flooring to make your home more accessible. Any transitions that are taller than a quarter inch should be changed to a sloped transition to prevent any trip hazards. 

    Add handrails

    While it may seem excessive now, installing a handrail by all steps throughout your home will make independent living easier. Don’t forget exterior steps to make your outdoor space more accessible as well – this will help you enjoy your outdoor living spaces well into the future.

    Happy couple in kitchen preparing breakfast together.

    Raise furniture and appliance heights

    Any furniture that is low to the ground or difficult to get in and out of should be replaced with a taller option. Additionally, placing appliances like washers and driers or the dishwasher on risers will make everyday tasks easier and safer. If you love to cook and bake, consider installing a wall oven at a height that will be convenient for years to come. For areas in the kitchen that may be difficult to get to, like bottom kitchen cabinets, install pull-out shelving units to minimize hassle.


    While you are in the process of raising furniture and appliances, make sure you have at least a few outlets in each room that are at an easily accessible height. 

    Smart home technology for aging in place

    Integrating smart home technology into your daily life can ease some of the challenges you may face as you age. From high-tech options like a fall detection robot to simple solutions like motion activated lighting, there are smart home solutions for almost every need. One top recommendation is to set up a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa throughout your home – they can help simplify your daily routines and make it easier to immediately call for help in the case of an emergency.

    Man installing Schlage smart lock on garage door.

    Install smart locks

    One of the best smart home technologies to make independent living simpler and safer is to install smart locks, particularly on exterior doors. Smart locks give you better control of who has access to your home and when; by granting unique access codes to trusted family, friends and caregivers, you can maintain independence and improve home security. To be thoroughly prepared for an emergency, you may even choose to have an access code on file with your local 911 dispatch center so that emergency personnel can quickly access your home if needed.


    Through the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock, lock and unlock your door, and see real-time activity logs. While this is certainly helpful for you, it may also be a smart idea to consider giving app access to your loved ones so that they can detect any changes in your activity. Schlage smart locks are also compatible with top voice assistants, so controlling your lock is as easy as “Hey Google, lock the front door.” With all of these features, smart locks for aging in place can give both you and your loved ones peace of mind. 

    Use our get help deciding tool to pick out a smart lock that will simplify home access and security to help you enjoy independent living well into the future. For more home updates for aging in place, check out the ADA accessibility checklist and follow the Schlage blog for more independent living ideas. 


    6 ways to start rainscaping for water conservation.

    May 26, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2023

    Rainscape ideas | Schlage

    One important element of a more sustainable yard is water conservation. Here are some helpful tips you can use to reduce the ecological footprint of your yard with a rainscape.



    With spring officially here and summer close behind, lawn and garden projects are in full swing. Whether you’re revamping your landscaping or working on your lawn, now is the time to think through how your yard can positively impact the environment. One important element of a more sustainable yard is water conservation. Below, we provide some helpful tips you can use to reduce the ecological footprint of your yard.
    Rainscape ideas with rain barrel collecting rain water.

    What is a rainscape?

    A rainscape is simply landscaping that is intentionally designed to conserve water and protect water quality. Rainscaping helps reduce stormwater runoff from your property by putting it to work in more productive ways. There are many options for implementing rainscaping into your residential property – while you might not be able to make all these changes at once, it’s never too late to get started by choosing one project to make your yard more eco-friendly.

    1. Add rain gardens

    Rain gardens are a fun DIY rainscaping addition to your yard that helps collect and purify rainwater rather than allowing it to pick up chemicals and pollutants as it flows on a straight path to the sewer system. The best spot for a rain garden will depend on your yard – the next time it storms, look out the window to see where rainwater runoff exists. Often, water runoff travels down hardscaping like driveways and decks or builds at the end of downspouts. By diverting this runoff with a pipe or path of river rock to a shallow depression at least 10ft from your house, you can easily create a rain garden that has an added benefit of protecting your home’s foundation from pooling water. Learn how to build a rain garden here.

    2. Harvest rainwater

    One of the easiest rainscaping ideas to use at your home is to collect rainwater runoff from a roof or other surface. By channeling your downspouts to stormwater runoff rain barrels, you can store rainwater to replace a large amount of your water needs. This environmentally responsible choice gives you more control over your organic water supply and can add up to significant cost savings, especially if you are paying for city water for landscaping needs.

    3. Landscape without water

    Landscaping for your location can be tricky, especially if you live in a dry climate where plants can require a lot of supplemental water to survive. No-water and low-water landscaping allows you to rainscape even if your location doesn’t see much rainfall because you are intentionally conserving water. The first step is to choose plants that can tolerate drought – looking up a list of plants native to your state or region is the easiest place to start. Its also important to think about the density of plants in a landscaping bed. When plants are permitted to run up to one another, the soil is shaded from heat and sun, preventing moisture from evaporating too quickly.

    Backyard rainscape with rain barrel garden shed and potted plants.

    4. Make your lawn drought tolerant

    To survive dry spells, your lawn needs a deep root system. While it is tempting to run a sprinkler on a consistent schedule or at the first sign of any wilting grass, it is better to wait to water your lawn when closer to 50 percent of the grass is wilting. Once these conditions are met, you want to give your lawn a thorough soak of 1/2-3/4 inches, but make sure to stop before creating any wasteful run-off. By giving your grass a long watering only when it absolutely needs it, you are helping establish a deep root system that will develop more and more drought tolerance and require less and less watering.


    Another management tip to motivate your grass to develop deep roots is to never mow grass shorter than its highest recommended height. Longer blades of grass have more surface area to photosynthesize and store energy to endure drought. If these methods don’t work and you still find yourself having to frequently water your lawn, it might be time to reduce the amount of turf in your yard. Native gardens and groundcovers are a more sustainable use of your property, and there are lots of creative ways to reduce lawn space in a way that is beautiful and appealing from the curb.

    5. Create a rain swale

    Water that quickly runs over the surface of your yard or driveway on its way to the sewer collects pollutants rather than benefitting the ecology. Rain swales are a rainscaping tool that slows water down and spreads water out, giving it a chance to actually sink into the soil. You can create a rain swale by digging a shallow ditch where water runoff typically builds in your yard. Line the depression with material like gravel, native plants and mulch that will help filter water. Rain swales can be a fascinating focal point for your yard that creates year-round aesthetic interest.

    6. Move to permeable pavement

    You’ve likely noticed a rainscaping theme: reduce rainwater runoff. Impervious pavement like cement and blacktop are the most common surfaces for residential driveways, patios and sidewalks, but they act as a slide that moves valuable rainwater away from the soil and into the sewer. If you are adding or replacing any hard surfaces outside your home, look for porous, permeable options that filter rain runoff into the soil beneath. For example, a patio with a sub-base of gravel and topped with permeable pavers is a much more eco-friendly option than pouring an impervious concrete slab.

    While the options above only scratch the surface of the many ways to add rainscaping features that conserve water outdoors, we hope they inspire you to make a small step towards a more environmentally friendly landscape. For all things home improvement and DIY, check out the Schlage blog, Instagram and Pinterest!


    8 front door design ideas to inspire you.

    May 11, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 11, 2023

    Front door design ideas | Schlage

    With a gorgeous front door, your house is sure to make a great first impression. Spark your creativity with this list of eight modern front door ideas.



    At Schlage, we believe the front door sets a tone for the entire house. While there are many styles to choose from, the best option is timeless, functional, and reflective of what you want your home to embody. Whether you're looking to overhaul your entryway completely or simply give your front door a new coat of paint, these eight front door design ideas will help you get started. From bold and bright to understated and elegant, there's something for everyone here.
    Grey home with black front door, sidelights, and brick porch steps.

    1. Doorway with sidelights

    A front doorway framed by sidelights is a perfect way to add a touch of class and style to any home. Not only does it add visual interest, but it also creates a sense of symmetry and balance as well as an inviting entryway. By breaking up space, it helps to make the doorway appear larger and eye-catching.

    Contemporary white home with geometric yellow front door.

    2. Geometric details

    One of the most striking features of a well-designed front door is the use of bold geometric details. A strong vertical line can add a sense of height and grandeur while a striking pattern can add a touch of whimsy and personality.


    Geometric details also add luxury to an otherwise simple design. In this example, bold windows and symmetric lines give the door an eye-catching look that will entice guests to step inside. You could elevate this design even further by pairing a front entry handle with a smart lock instead of a knob or lever.

    Red dutch door with glass panes on blue home with large planters.

    3. Bold contrast

    Make a bold statement with a contrasting design. A bright red door creates a striking visual that is sure to turn heads. For a more dramatic effect, pair a dark door with a light-colored façade. The contrast will really make the door pop and give your home an unforgettable entrance.


    If you want to add a touch of elegance, consider using two different colors for the door and the frame. This will create a flawless look that is sure to impress. No matter what combination you choose, remember that bold contrast is the key to creating a stunning front door design.

    White brick home with neutral sage green front door.

    4. Inviting neutrals

    If you're going for a classic look when designing your front doorway, opt for a neutral like white, gray, brown, or olive green. By using soothing earth tones, you can create an entryway that is both stylish and inviting while complementing the rest of your home's exterior. Consider installing a matching handle like the Schlage Custom 3/4 Trim Handleset for added consistency in the design.


    You can also add a pop of color with a bright welcome mat or a colorful door knocker. An eclectic assortment of potted plants will also add visual interest to the exterior entryway's design.

    Grey home with bright yellow front door.

    5. Contemporary color

    When it comes to front door design, don't be afraid to think outside the box. If you're looking for a front door that is both stylish and modern, consider a contemporary color option. A bright door with clean, simple details is the perfect way to add curb appeal to your home.


    Try pairing a bold yellow door with clean lines and a contemporary aura. Guests will have no trouble finding this house. A vibrant color option is a perfect way to make your home stand out from the rest.

    Entryway with stained glass front door.

    6. Timeless stained glass

    If you're looking for a distinctive way to add beauty and value to your front door, consider adding a touch of stained glass. Whether it's a traditional Victorian-style design or a more modern abstract pattern, stained glass can add a touch of class and elegance to any home.

    Modern home with neutral natural wood front door and matte black door handle.

    7. Modern simplicity

    Elevate your home's exterior with a classic brown wooden door with black accents. This design featured offers the perfect blend of natural and simple for a warm take on a modern look. The matte black front entry handle gives the right amount of edge while still being inviting.

    Bright blue dutch door on blue beach house.

    8. Dutch doors

    The Dutch door is an increasingly popular choice for front doors, thanks to its rustic charm and simple elegance. This design is perfect for homes with a country or cottage style, as it adds a touch of charm and authenticity. Whether you're looking for a classic design or something more modern, a Dutch door is an excellent option.


    This example by Jenny Komeda features a bold, black color against a crisp white backdrop. If this isn't quite your style, this type of door can be easily customized to suit your taste. You can choose from a variety of woods, stains, and hardware to create a unique look that complements your home.

    A front door is more than just an entryway into your home. It's a reflection of your style, and it should make a statement. With a little bit of thought and planning, you can design a front door that makes your home look its best. For more ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, visit the Schlage blog, or keep up with all the latest trends on our Facebook page.


    Foyer decorating ideas to making coming and going more beautiful than ever.

    May 02, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 2, 2023

    Foyer decorating ideas | Schlage

    If you’re looking for a quick, easy and cost-effective way to boost your home’s value and personality, your foyer is the perfect place to start.



    Whether you’re rushing home after a long workday or ushering in guests for an evening of fun, your home’s foyer is the space where welcome takes place. If you’re looking for a quick, easy and cost-effective way to boost your home’s value and personality, your foyer is the perfect place to start. Update your front entry with inviting details and intentional functionality to make a first impression that lasts.
    Family leaving foyer for baseball practice while dog watches.

    Evaluate your existing foyer

    Before jumping all in on redecorating your foyer, take a minute to step back and asses your current space. First, take note of the foundational elements you have to work with: square footage, flooring material, natural light and the general flow of traffic. Then, decide how you want your foyer to function. Is it a high-traffic space where clutter gets dropped in the hustle and bustle of daily life or is it a more formal entrance to your home used primarily by guests? Answering these questions before you begin will help you design a foyer that meets your specific needs and has lasting beauty. 

    Top trends for foyer decorating

    Seamless transitions

    A great way to get your creative wheels turning when redecorating your foyer is to open your front door wide and then take a few steps out front to look back in. This is the first view guests will have when you open the door for them, so it is helpful to envision their experience. Designing a seamless transition from your front porch to foyer creates a relaxing and welcoming first impression. We love how @lexi.pratz incorporates similar colors, natural materials, and greenery on both her front porch and in her foyer to ease the outside to inside transition. And nothing makes coming and going more effortless than a smart lock from Schlage. Our Schlage Encode™ family simplifies home access, making it possible for you to control and monitor your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi. Updating your foyer with the best smart lock for your needs will make your home smarter, safer, and more stylish.

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    In general, it is easiest to pick your largest décor elements before narrowing in on smaller details. A beautiful entry rug and intentional furniture pieces will be the anchor for styling your foyer. When choosing an entryway rug, don’t forget that it is likely to bear the brunt of bad weather – think snowy boots, soggy sneakers and dirty sandals. For this reason, we recommend a washable and durable entry rug pushed right up to your front threshold like this cheerful example from @missjustinamarie. If you live in a wet or snowy climate, you may want a waterproof rug that will really protect your floors from moisture damage – or simply layer a rubber mat under the entry rug that best shows off your personal style. 


    For furniture, at minimum you want a seat where guests can easily take shoes off and on. If your foyer tends to be a clutter magnet, consider a bench with cubbies or a lidded chest that can keep daily use items off the floor but still easily in reach. Wall hooks are a cost-effective way to both beautify and add storage space to your entryway. 


    If you’re stumped on how to style a small entry foyer, use a rug, small chair or stool and coat hook to define a welcome area. Even if you just have an odd corner of a multipurpose room, these elements work together to define a location for coming and going. This way, shoes, coats, purses and the like won’t always end up strewn about your greater living space. 

    Foyer décor for self-expression

    Now for the fun part! Our favorite foyer decorating tip is to incorporate unique items that express your personal style and interests. Look for antique pieces that you can blend in with more modern finishes to create a welcoming, on-trend entryway. @iamyvetteb’s foyer décor is a lovely example of adding unique touches to give your entry personality – we love how she pairs coastal elements with bright chrome and weathered wood to create a fresh, inviting space. If you want to really spice things up, consider bold paint colors or wallpaper to make a graphic statement in your foyer. But if a paint project sounds like a hassle, use a large piece of artwork or create a sophisticated gallery wall to make your foyer look expensive and interesting.  

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    Using materials and colors with high contrast will give your foyer an effortlessly chic vibe. As your experts in door hardware and finishes, some of our favorite pairings include matte black and satin brass. Not only do these two finishes play elegantly off each other, as @smt_designs and @craven_haven demonstrate, but creating high-contrast moments will also give your foyer a designer, high-end look. 

    Calm curves

    Using materials and colors with high contrast will give your foyer an effortlessly chic vibe. As your experts in door hardware and finishes, some of our favorite pairings include matte black and satin brass. Not only do these two finishes play elegantly off each other, as @smt_designs and @craven_haven demonstrate, but creating high-contrast moments will also give your foyer a designer, high-end look. 

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    The right finishing touches can transform your foyer to be distinctly inviting. @driftwood_decor thought of every detail to decorate a foyer that welcomes people into the home with genuine hospitality. Fresh or faux flowers instantly brighten the entryway and can easily be changed out for a seasonal touch. And if you like to entertain, a petite receiving table with refreshments goes above and beyond to show guests that they are appreciated. The key with these finishing touches is to have a few small details that bring you cheer and highlight your personality. 

    Giving your foyer a makeover is a small project with a big impact. Use these entryway decorating ideas to transform your foyer, making the simple acts of coming home and welcoming guests more effortless and beautiful. A home should make a lasting first impression. Make your statement at the front door with Schlage. Check out our blog, Instagram and Pinterest for more inspirational design tips!


    Landscape and style your front yard based on where you live in the United States.

    April 26, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 26, 2023

    Front yard landscape tips | Schlage

    Your personal style should shine through the trees, shrubs and flowers planted around your home. But before you start digging or purchasing things to garden, know which plants can and cannot thrive in your area.



    Your personal style should shine through the trees, shrubs and flowers planted around your home. But before you start digging or purchasing things to garden, know which plants can and cannot thrive in your area. There are lists of plant species native to each U.S. region, where they can grow most happily and sustainably. Wherever you’re located, know about your region’s climate and what grows best. If it’s to be more functional or stylish or both, your final “yard scape” should also be attractive and easy to manage.
    Front yard landscape design.

    Before planting anything in your front yard, make sure you know what to expect. A yard that can’t be tamed is something else entirely—overgrowth can be a big hassle and happen faster than you think. Do your research on what is good and bad about the plants you desire in the foreground and background of your landscape. Whatever you choose, plant new and young greenery in the early springtime for a healthier, fuller landscape against your home in the summer.


    Gardening with native plants is a great way be proactive about yard maintenance while helping the environment. Lean into your home region’s natural climate and plant native greenery in your yard to save time and money on fertilizer and pesticides. Native perennials are especially great for your wallet and work schedule, as they’ll regrow for years on end without needing much from you. Plant your favorite perennials to greet you next spring or choose new plants that don’t need much care to grow well in your climate.


    Yard maintenance is easier when you plant something where it thrives—in the sun or shade, where rain can or cannot reach. Before you plant something new, we recommend checking the health of your soil and going from there. Sometimes, even planting the right native species in your region can go wrong if it’s in a bad spot or not getting enough nutrients through the soil.


    The big idea in choosing native plants is that a well-groomed lawn is more inviting and appealing than a messy one. A house looks and feels more like a home with tasteful landscape to match. Some homeowners enjoy turning heads with their front lawns and others like keeping it simple. But why not meet in the middle for beautiful and easy front yard décor? If you follow the simple cardinal rules and advice for gardening in your region, you can save yourself hundreds of hours of yardwork while helping restore the Earth’s natural climate. Wherever in the U.S. you’re gardening or landscaping, check the soil and search the best species to thrive in your front yard.

    Portland Head Lighthouse, New England Maine coastal landscape.

    Landscape and garden efficiently in New England

    If you live in the Northeast corner of the U.S., from Connecticut or New Hampshire to Maine, your climate ranges from mild to chilly. Cold temperatures and snow in wintertime can be taxing on non-native outdoor plants, dealing them an immediate or slow and pitiful death. But although a bit windy, summers are beach worthy in New England.


    Annual changes in temperature and humidity are not good for exotic plants needing hotter, more consistent weather to thrive. (Have you ever seen a palm tree in Delaware?) When landscaping in New England, don’t be afraid to get creative with native shrubs and maple trees for years of low-maintenance landscaping. Sometimes it makes the most sense to go with traditional flora than something fancy and delicate.

    Afton Villa Gardens Louisiana landscape.

    Plan a naturally beautiful front yard in the Southeast

    The Southeast region of the U.S. pans from Louisiana and Arkansas to the Virginias. This part of the country is known for its hotter, wetter climate around the Everglades. Because more rain falls annually here than in other regions, it’s useful to search watering needs for your outdoor plants in this region. Compared to others, this region can be easier for growing and tending plants year-round. With somewhat more predictable rainfall, property owners and outdoor professionals don’t need to water or fertilize landscapes as often.


    Non-native fruits and vegetables, like peppers, can also grow very well in the hot and humid American Southeast. Plants like these can add great variety and color to your landscape if they do not pose a threat to what belongs there. Non-native species are considered invasive if they notoriously can reproduce and adapt to new areas very quickly. Before planting an exotic or non-native species in the Southeast, ensure it’s non-invasive, your state allows it and it’s good for your neighborhood long-term.

    Midwest farm landscape.

    Plant strategically in the Midwest

    The Midwest, from Nebraska to Ohio, is of mild weather and action. Flatlands spread across the region, great for thriving crop fields and livestock, but also home to a spectrum of outdoor plants, native and non. Many homeowners plant native flowers and shrubs to give homage to the region, but Midwesterners also plant non-native produce like arugula and fruits. Adding such variety helps decorate and functionalize any yard.


    No matter what you’re planting in the Midwest, expect peak growing season to happen from or between April and October. The more northward you are, the shorter your prime growing season. Late summer also tends to be less humid, so if you’re growing plants that love dry weather, we suggest waiting to plant them until about mid-season. The Midwest is an awesome region to plant for looks and practicality; many homeowners and renters use their whole yards to grow colorful produce yearly.

    Rocky Mountain Utah lake landscape.

    Lean into the diverse Rocky Mountains region

    The Rocky Mountains region is known for skiing, hiking and gambling. From Montana to Nevada and Colorado, regional residents grow hearty vegetables like squash, carrots, radishes and potatoes in the rockier area. The hotter, more deserted parts of the Rocky Mountains region, like in Nevada, are better for growing citrus trees and lettuces like kale.


    Of course, if you’re landscaping a front lawn, you may prefer more decorative than fruit-bearing plants. But if you’re interested in functional gardening trends, leafy greens and root vegetables are great options to save money on yard maintenance and groceries long-term. The Rocky Mountains region is diverse in elevation, temperature and rainfall—know what grows best in the soil and overall climate you’re in. If you reside in a desert, you may get more from a fruit tree or a decorative cactus than a raised bed of potatoes.

    Arizona patio landscape.

    Get creative with landscaping in the Southwest

    Arizona to Oklahoma is hot and dry compared to the other regions of the United States. Tex-Mex and a wealth of early American culture are here, tucked in and around the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Natively, you’ll find grasses and cacti in neighbors’ front yards. While many more people visit the area than live there, it’s an awesome place to house species of sage and prickly pear in a garden.


    There are tons of ways to grow a functional and/or simply beautiful landscape in the Southwest. Some homeowners design desertscapes to highlight the natural beauty of their climate. Driving through neighborhoods, past yards in the region, expect to see decorative rock and stones complementing native dry-climate plants like flowers and trees. It’s more likely you’ll see artistic landscapes than gardens in this area.

    Statue of Liberty, New York City landscape.

    Plant produce and decorative plants in the Mid-Atlantic

    Native to the mid-Atlantic region (from Maryland to New York) are ferns and Indian Grass, to name a couple. Cold winters and hot summers are known in this part of the country, nurturing traditional crops like oats and landscape showstoppers like roses. If you’re planting outside of what’s native to the area, look for flowers that can endure more extreme seasonal temperature shifts, like peonies.


    The American Mid-Atlantic is also a great place for perennials to make year-to-year yardwork even easier than it is. Plant a perennial garden to greet you each Spring or think outside the box for a unique, non-native landscape that’s easy to maintain. As you travel the region, you may notice front lawns adorned with produce as well as decorative trees and shrubs. Many homeowners take to growing their own melon, onions and more to save on groceries and add variety to a “yard scape.”

    Pacific Coast landscape view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Grow a functional landscape in the Pacific Coastal region

    The Pacific Coastal region of the U.S. is essentially Hawaii up to Alaska; laid-back vacationers like to visit here. Most that stay in this region year-round love to see the beach and wander through warm to chilly temperatures, depending on the time of year. Generally, though, the climate stays mild year-round.


    When planting in the Pacific Coastal region, vineyards and orchards are some of the most popular annual harvests. Northern California is called wine country, after all. But the southernmost points of the region are hotter, ideal for growing citrus and avocados, for example. When landscaping in the northern Pacific Coastal region, research the best trees and shrubs for your home. If it’s too cold or your soil is less fertile than in southern California, we suggest aiming for a prettier (less functional) landscape garden. The secret to keeping your yard beautiful is knowing whether to plant for looks, functionality or both, depending on location.

    Again, before planting an exotic or non-native species in your front yard, search to ensure your state allows it and that it’s good for your neighborhood. It’s easy to mistake an invasive species for a harmless one—we suggest doing your research before landscaping, especially if doing it yourself. Regional native and perennial plants are great for keeping yardwork at a minimum for extended time. Based on where you live, a beautiful front yard comes from knowing exactly where and what to plant around your home.


    Home office ideas for a productive, relaxing workspace.

    April 24, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 24, 2023

    Home office in closet | Schlage

    Here are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.



    Are you excited when you get to work from home or worried about what it’s going to do to your productivity? Some of us see it as the perfect opportunity to wear sweatpants. All. Day. Long. Others not so much.


    Whichever camp you fall in, you might be wondering where you’re going to get your work done if you don’t have a dedicated office. Or, if you have kids at home during the workday, you’re trying to figure out how to maintain productive boundaries. Below are a few home office ideas for where you can create a work zone and the items you’ll need to get work done when remote. 

    Light and bright creative home office space.

    Small spaces for your home office

    When you don’t have an extra room to dedicate to a home office, you might need to get a bit creative. Look for small hideaways that will give you the workspace and privacy you need to stay on top of business.


    • Under the stairs: You never knew what to do with that awkward, empty space anyway. Now’s your chance to turn it into the nook of your dreams. If it feels claustrophobic to you, reserve that space for the kids’ homework zone.
    • Under a window: This is ideal if your window sill is at just the right height. Add a plank or something similar to give yourself a larger surface to work on. This setup also has the bonus of extra natural lighting.
    • In the kitchen: The 1990s loved these kitchen/office combos. Now might be a prime time to bring them back.
    • In the closet: We gave this tip for creating a family command center, but it’s equally effective in this situation. If you or your kiddos struggle with distractions, this might be a nice tucked-away option to help stay focused.
    • In a corner: Do you have a room with a random house plant jammed in the corner? Test it out as an office by adding a small table and chair. It’s not fancy and it might not be ideal for the long-term, but you never know until you try.

    Large spaces

    If you’re lucky enough to have more square footage, you have more flexibility. Try these home office ideas if you need to share workspace with a partner or the kids.


    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever
    • Long wall: Line up a couple tables or pull out the buffet you only use for your Super Bowl party. A long and sleek desk can look chic and is ideal if there’s more than one of you trying to get work done at home.
    • Shed: Get out of the house without breaking quarantine by setting up a work station in the backyard. Maybe it’s a she-shed. Maybe it’s the garage. A little extra space and privacy might do everyone some good.

    Storage spaces

    Especially if your new desk doesn’t have drawers or you’re missing the filing cabinet you have at work, you might need to find some alternative storage solutions. Repurposing items from other areas in the house is a handy option when you can’t get out to buy organizers.


    • Overhead shelving: Consider hanging floating shelves. If you’re looking for a bigger DIY project – off the clock, of course – hang crates or boxes for effective storage and some visual interest.
    • Bar cart: Instead of beverages, you’ll have someplace to set your office supplies and files without taking up valuable space on your work surface. This is ideal if your new desk is more on the petite side.

    • Supply caddy: Your home abounds with items you can upcycle to corral your pens, paperclips, earbuds and post-its. It can be as simple as a drinking glass or a bit more elaborate with a spice rack. We think you’ll be surprised how many things from the kitchen in particular will work in your new office.

    Design productive kid spaces

    Do your kids struggle with staying on task? Are you trying to establish a new routine when they’re home from school? Try including some of these items in their “workroom” to keep it fun and functional.


    • Calendar: Help your kids stay on task with a DIY calendar. It could be sticky notes on a board, like HGTV shows us. Or you could turn a picture frame into a DIY dry-erase board. List their chores for the day or an hour-by-hour breakdown of what they should be working on.
    • Small desk: Their paperwork might be more about finger painting or practicing arithmetic, but they’ll need a worktop, too. If you want a pint-sized option just for them, you could try a wall-mounted desk. Place it in their bedroom and it could grow with them as a vanity or trophy shelf with time.
    • Display area: Just because their teacher isn’t there to admire their work doesn’t mean it has to go ignored. Devise a clip or hanger system or clear off some fridge space to show off their effort.
    • Organizers: Do they have work they need to turn in later? Keep track of their finished assignments with bins, file folders or any other number of hacks that will help corral their hard work and keep them from asking, “Mom, have you seen my …?!”

    Make it a space you love to work in

    No matter what kind of space you have, consider these home office hacks for making it more comfortable and yourself more productive.


    • Lighting: You don’t need to illuminate your entire “office.” Task lighting will make it easier to complete whatever project you’re working on at the moment. If you have a window in your new office space, take advantage of the natural light to ease the strain on your eyes and your nerves.

    • Comfy chair: It doesn’t have to be a traditional desk chair. It could come from the dining room or be the stool from your vanity as long as it’s comfortable.

    • Binder clip cord organizer: Laptops, phones and lamps all need to be plugged in or charged at some point. Keep the cords under control with this hack from Wired.

    • Something pretty: If you’re stuck inside for extended periods of time, it’s nice to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Artwork, plants, family photos or vacation souvenirs can help lift your mood. Just don’t go overboard and make your space feel cluttered.

    • Privacy screen: If your new office doesn’t have a door but you still need some peace and quiet, use a screen or move a tall bookcase near your desk to create some separation between you and the rest of the house.

    Design a secure home office

    Working from home doesn’t mean throwing security out the window. After all, your work computer houses sensitive information, not to mention the value of your home office technology itself. And if you have physical assets from work or confidential papers, you can’t risk those being visible to unauthorized eyes or getting ruined on accident by your child. Try these home office security ideas to protect your peace of mind.


    • Always log off your devices when you aren’t actively using them.

    • Protect your desk and work area as a no-kid zone.

    • Make sure valuable work assets are only accessible behind a lock.

    • Use strong passwords – utilizing a password manager can be a big help.

    The easiest way to protect your home office is with a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever. You can quickly install this smart lever on any residential door with a knob or lever – making your guest room turned home office more secure than ever. Seamlessly control and monitor your lock through the Schlage Home App on your smart phone, so you don’t have to sacrifice keyless access to give your home office premium security.

    Do you have tips for creating an at-home office or improving your productivity while working from home? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking for some project ideas to keep yourself or your kids busy, check out the Schlage blog.


    Famous homes you have to see on your next vacation.

    April 12, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    Famous home tours | Schlage

    Satisfy that curiosity on your next vacation by visiting these famous homes.



    Who else couldn’t wait to see the next episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”? Do you also wonder what your neighbors’ lives are like as you stroll around the block? We humans are curious creatures, so it makes sense that we’d be fascinated by other people’s lives. Satisfy that curiosity on your next vacation by visiting these famous homes.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Villa Lewaro – Irvington, New York

    Considered the first self-made female millionaire in America, Madam C.J. Walker built Villa Lewaro as “a monument to her race” and, according to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, “an inspiration to the African American community about a wealth of business possibilities.” The daughter of former slaves, Walker made her fortune developing and marketing cosmetics and hair products specifically for Black women. Villa Lewaro was designed by New York’s first licensed Black architect, Vertner Woodson Tandy, in 1918 and became a gathering place for the big names of the Harlem Renaissance. Today you can take a virtual tour of the National Historic Landmark and National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasure.

    The Mark Twain House & Museum – Hartford, Connecticut

    It’s little surprise that the home of Mark Twain, who penned such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, is said to be part steamboat. In fact, the Connecticut house is where he wrote the two novels. Built in 1874 by the author and his wife, it is now a National Historic Landmark. If you can’t make it to this piece of Americana in person, The Mark Twain House & Museum also has virtual tours.

    Mark Twain's Connecticut Home

    The Mark Twain House & Museum – Hartford, Connecticut

    Hobbit House Micro-Castle – Asheville, North Carolina

    When you think of American castles, Biltmore Estate is usually at the top of the list. It seems the Biltmore isn’t the only castle in Asheville, North Carolina, though. On a much smaller scale is the Hobbit House Micro-Castle. Just 850 square feet and inspired by The Lord of the Rings, you can rent this vacation home for your next getaway.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    If you just can’t quit touring houses from your favorite movies, you need to make a stop in South Carolina and visit some of the most-recognized filming locations from The Notebook. Allie’s family’s summer house is actually Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Founded in 1681, today it’s open for tours, special events and educational programs related to the area’s history, Gullah and Black cultures, and more. Even more popular is the house renovated by the fictitious Noah. Located in Wadmalaw Island, it is still sometimes used as a private residence, so please be respectful when visiting.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Steel Magnolia House – Natchitoches, Louisiana

    The house earned its place in history thanks to the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias, but it was originally built and used as a store in the first half of the 1800s. About a century later, it became a family home and remained so until 2014 when it opened its doors as a bed and breakfast.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio – Oak Park, Illinois

    Many of the homes designed by the famous architect can be toured – Pennsylvania’s Fallingwater is among the most iconic – but why not go where the man himself lived? As you would expect, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home himself. He drew up the plans early in his career, however, so the home might not have all the architectural details he’s most known for today. Built in 1889 and then expanded nine years later to include a two-story octagonal drafting room, the National Historic Landmark is open to the public.

    Tovrea Castle – Phoenix, Arizona

    Imagine a tiered wedding cake in the desert and you have Tovrea Castle. Built as a hotel prior to the Great Depression, it was bought by cattle baron E.A. Tovrea because his wife liked the look of it. When you tour the castle today, you’ll also take in the Cactus Gardens, originally planted with more than 500 species of cactus.

    Tovrea Castle in Arizona

    Tovrea Castle – Phoenix, Arizona

    Cherry Tree Inn B&B – Woodstock, Illinois

    Bill Murray might not want to relive another Groundhog Day, but you can with a visit to Cherry Tree Inn B&B, the Victorian bed and breakfast featured in the movie. Just make sure you head to Illinois rather than Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the film is set. Built in 1895 and with 6,000 square feet, the current owners bill it as “anything but stuffy and repetitive!”

    Amelia Earhart’s birthplace – Atchison, Kansas

    Although perhaps not the grandest house on this list, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart is noteworthy for the aviation pioneer it produced. Built in 1861, it was the family residence of Earhart’s mother and where the pilot spent her early childhood. Earhart went on to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 and the first person – man or woman – to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland three years later. The house is now a museum run by the Ninety-Nines. Earhart was the group’s inaugural president, and its mission of recognizing the contributions of women in aeronautics continues today.

    Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, South Dakota

    Adventure and imagination abound in the Little House on the Prairie books. You can get a taste of what Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about at the Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota. This is one place where it’s more about the experience than the house. Drive a pony cart, make pioneer crafts and try out other pioneer-era activities on your visit. If you’re on an epic roadtrip, don’t miss the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.

    Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota

    Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, South Dakota

    Turnblad Mansion – Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Swedish immigrants Swan and Christina Turnblad settled in Minnesota in the late 1800s. In true American Dream fashion, Swan rose from being a printer by trade to owning the largest Swedish-language newspaper in the United States. The family eventually built Turnblad Mansion, completed in 1908 with 33 rooms and 11 stoves imported from Sweden (because it gets cold in Minnesota?). The Turnblads donated the home in 1929 to what is known today as the American Swedish Institute.

    Bishop Castle – Rye, Colorado

    Even the oldest castles were new at one point, and Bishop Castle is still a work in progress. Owner Jim Bishop has been enjoying this labor of love for almost six decades. You’ll find towers, bridges and what looks to be a giant fire-breathing dragon escaping from the roofline. It’s free to visit and explore, and Bishop is available to speak to school groups about the importance of living out your dreams.

    Bishop Castle in Colorado

    Bishop Castle – Rye, Colorado

    Mt. Ada-Wrigley Mansion – Catalina, California

    What do you do when the Chicago winters get too cold? You build your wife a mansion in California, of course. That’s exactly what William Wrigley, Jr., of chewing gum fame, did for his wife Ada. Built between 1919 and 1921 in Catalina, California, the Mt. Ada-Wrigley Mansion was designed by the same architect who completed the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. In fact, the mansion overlooked the Cubs’ one-time spring training facility on Catalina Island. There’s no baseball there today, but you can stay at the luxury bed and breakfast.

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Shakespeare fans can experience the romance (without the tragedy) of Romeo and Juliet by visiting the Casa di Giulietta in Italy. Of course, being fictional, the star-crossed lovers never actually set foot on the infamous balcony, but you can still tour the museum, rub the Juliet statue for luck and leave heartfelt messages in the cracks of the house’s wall. While it’s usually just a daytrip, Airbnb did hold a contest in 2020 to stay in Juliet’s House on Valentine’s Day.

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Ponden Hall – West Yorkshire, England

    We don’t blame you if the name Ponden Hall doesn’t ring any bells. Bibliophiles will recognize it as the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Now a luxury holiday cottage, it was originally built in the 17th century. While it’s been updated for a modern, comfortable stay, there’s still plenty of traditional English architecture you’ll recognize from the classic novel.

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    Karen Blixen moved from her home in Denmark to Kenya in 1913. There, she married her cousin and the couple attempted coffee farming. Long story short, probably the best thing to come from the failed venture was Blixen’s memoir, Out of Africa. The book was eventually adapted for the Oscar-winning movie by the same name. Although it is probably Blixen’s most popular book in the U.S., it was hardly the only one she wrote. The baroness was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature more than once. Her home in Nairobi is now a museum.

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    Can’t wait to hit the road? Check out some of these virtual home tours now. But when you are ready to travel, remember these home security steps you should take before leaving on vacation and more safety tips at the Schlage blog.


    Bold colors of 2023. 

    April 07, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 7, 2023

    Viva Magenta, Color of the year | Schlage

    Color can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of the top colors of 2023 to help you envision all the fun possibilities that are currently trending.



    This is the year to get adventurous with color in your home. Rather than a statement pop of color on one wall, 2023 is seeing richer shades and unexpected hues delighting in every room throughout the home. Bland neutrals are giving way to strong colors that allow you to add distinction and personal style to your home. Look for playful shades, unexpected pairings and moody neutrals to give your home a warm impact. Color can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of the top colors of 2023 to help you envision all the fun possibilities that are currently trending. 
    Bold living room with Viva Magenta color of the year.

    Color with charisma

    Pantone’s color of the year, Viva Magenta, is the perfect example of how color can pack a punch in your home. This vibrant red/pink is anything but shy. Positive, joyful and exuberant, this is a color that roots us in the present and encourages us to enjoy the vibrancy of life. Similarly, Benjamin Moore makes a bold, optimistic impact by blending red, orange and pink for their 2023 color of the year, Raspberry Blush. For a pink hue with a more neutral influence, try Terra Rosa by Dunn-Edwards. If pink isn’t your jam but you still want something energetic and on-trend, explore lavender and purples to make an unexpected statement. WGSN trend forecasters and Coloro color experts have predicted Digital Lavenderas the 2023 Color of the Year because it balances calmness and cheerfulness for a relaxed home that doesn’t sacrifice fun. 

    Bold green room.

    Dramatic greens

    Green is a constant favorite in interior design. It is classic, natural and soothing without being boring. 2023 is highlighting dramatic greens to fill your home with vibrant serenity. Krylon’s Spanish Moss, as the name suggests, is a midnight green that promises to connect your home with the richness of nature. Sophisticated without being too formal, this is the perfect hue for bringing an uplifting comfort to your living spaces. For a complex green-blue, look no further than Glidden’s 2023 color of the year, Vining Ivy. This versatile color is soothing and welcoming – ideal for an entryway, front door, or powder room. 

    Sitting area with brown neutral color scheme.

    Nature-inspired neutrals

    Gone are the days of wall-to-wall gray throughout the home. With all the bold colors trending in 2023, you may be wondering what in the world to choose if you prefer neutrals but don’t want your home to look dated. Enter complex, nature-inspired neutrals. When deciding between neutral options for your interiors this year, look for depth of color that is rooted in natural elements. Shades of brown are seeing a major comeback, and Minwax even named Aged Barrel their 2023 color of the year. This warm brown is a comforting, rich neutral that highlights natural wood grain and sets your home up with endless possibilities for styling and pops of color. If you want to brighten up a room with a classic neutral, Blank Canvas by Behr is a light, airy off-white that can easily bridge the gap between warm and cool colors throughout your home. Rustic Greige from Dutch Boy is another trending neutral that offers both versatility and a sense of timeless calm. For a more unexpected neutral, Sherwin William’s 2023 color of the year, Redend Point is a lovely mid-toned brown with pink and coral undertones. Try pairing this blushing clay color with natural materials and curved accents to ground your interior in comfort and warmth. 

    No matter what trends appeal to you, 2023 is the year to go bold with interior color. The most important thing is to pick colors you like, after all, self-expression is a central theme for 2023 interior design trends. If you can’t decide which colors would look best in your space, buy a few samples – either paint or stick-on – to help you better envision each color on your walls. Check back to view the samples at different times of day to see how changing lighting affects undertones. Taking this extra step ensures that you don’t paint a whole room only to realize the color is too warm or cool at a different hour of the day. Another paint tip to keep in mind is that most major retailers will color-match paint samples from different brands, so you have lots of flexibility to choose both the brand and the color that fits your needs. For more home design trends and tips, make sure to check out the Schlage blog and follow us on Pinterest and Instagram