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    Safe baby, beautiful home: Stylish childproofing tips.

    August 14, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Childproofing tips - Schlage

    These tips can help childproof any room in your house, including your yard, simply and even with style.

     

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    Whether your little one is crawling, toddling or fast enough to really wreak some havoc, make sure your home is safe. These tips can help childproof any room in your house, including your yard, simply and even with style.

     

    First, nothing beats a good pair of eyes. No matter how you choose to childproof your home, supervision is often the best form of prevention.

    Be cautious with candles

    It’s pretty obvious that babies and fire don’t mix. Candles and matches should be kept out of reach of tiny hands. You can also opt for flameless candles, like we often recommend for patio mood lighting.

    Soften furniture corners

    Watch those sharp edges and corners. Whether it’s your living room coffee table or outdoor patio furniture, there are plenty of stylish options and DIY projects to make them safer for toddlers. Check out this homemade ottoman from Sarcastic Parent, which looks great, is safe for her mini “Project Manager” and is versatile enough to be changed as the youngster grows.

    Choose cordless

    Blinds are great for a double dose of security, if you do them right. Choose a cordless version of your favorite window treatment so Baby can’t get tangled up in a choking hazard. Non-translucent curtains and blinds can also help deter prying eyes scoping out your home. Potential thieves like to check things out before they go to the effort of breaking in.

    Update locks

    Baby won’t stay a baby forever. If you’re updating your door hardware, consider Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior door locks. These allow you to switch between privacy and passage functions without replacing the entire lock. Why is that important to you? A bathroom or bedroom, which would normally have locking capabilities, can be changed to non-locking to keep your little ones from getting stuck in a room without you. When they get older, you can then easily switch back to the privacy function.

    Get smart with security

    Or maybe you actually want a lock on a door because of your little one. If you need an extra level of security somewhere – on a wine cellar, hunting closet or home office – try a Schlage electronic or smart lock. We know toddlers are getting better at figuring out technology, but if you don’t share the code with them, they won’t be able to access these high-risk rooms. Not sure which smart lock is right for you? Try our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Grow safe plants

    Paying attention to your curb appeal can keep Baby safe, too. Forbes.com suggests choosing grass over pea gravel for a softer landing zone when they’re learning to walk or running around. And look for plants that are non-toxic and won’t prick. Those oleander and cactus will just have to wait until college.

    Keep them close

    If you’re worried about your kiddo wandering out of the yard, you can help by installing a fence. Choose vinyl, aluminum or wood composite for a stylish look that also lasts and requires minimal maintenance. (No one has time for that with kids running around.) You can also beautify your fence with climbing vines and other gorgeous green landscaping.

    Secure the shed

    It’s great to encourage your kids to get outside, no matter how old they are. If you’re concerned about all of the hazards – gardening tools, fertilizers and pesticides, lawnmowers or grilling equipment – try a secure shed. Not only will it deter the little ones from getting into trouble, but it could also prevent thieves from walking off with your tools, not to mention keep your yard looking clutter-free.

    Childproofing your home doesn’t mean you have to give up style, so step away from the pool noodle coffee table bumpers. Let Schlage help you find safe and stylish solutions for protecting your home and everyone in it. And don’t forget to share your childproofing solutions with us on Facebook and Instagram.

     

    Color is the key: HGTV and Schlage present 1 entry 3 ways.

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

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    1 entryway, 3 ways | Schlage

    See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.

     

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    Schlage and HGTV’s popular 1 Thing 3 Ways have teamed up to showcase a variety of looks for your entryway and foyer. From Mid-Century Modern home style to Traditional or Bohemian, these practical and affordable upgrades bring your front entryway to life and make a real impression on guests, whether they’re coming or going. See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.
    1 entryway makeover shown in 3 different styles

    Color of the year

    Mid-century modern coral front door with Schlage Custom hardware.
    Vibrant, bold coral is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. It’s quintessential Mid Century Modern, so pair this eye-catching, trendy splash of the Florida Keys with any of Schlage’s modern trims in Satin Nickel. You’ll have the makings of a vacation retreat on your front porch. Carry the finish through to lighting, decorations and other modern accessories, and add some colorful and complementary geometric accents to turn your entryway into a work of art.
    Schlage Custom Century handleset on coral front door.
    Mid-century modern entryway.
    Mid-century modern front porch shelf decor.

    Less is more

    Traditional style entryway with trendy accessories.
    They call it “barely-there blue.” It's a subtle yet distinctive light blue that, along with a favorite Schlage finish, Satin Brass, brings a traditional farmhouse charm to HGTV’s second entryway design. Inspired by robin’s-egg blue, this truly special hue and its brass pairings allow for a lot of flexibility in choosing furnishings and accessories. Adding shrubs and other fun touches completes a look that’s sure to turn heads.
    Light blue front door with satin brass Schlage Custom door hardware.
    Schlage Custom Camelot handleset in Satin Brass.
    Traditional style entryway bench with trendy accessories.

    Boho Rhapsody

    Yellow front door with Boho style decor.
    If you want to really push the envelope and make a big statement, the third entryway and its sunshine yellow door color will certainly do the trick. Bohemian style, paired perfectly with Matte Black door hardware from Schlage, creates a striking show of tasteful balance. Matte is the new black, so you’ll have no trouble finding accessories to complement this eye-opening look.
    Boho style chair on front porch with pillows.
    
Boho style entryway decor.
    Schlage Custom Hobson glass knob with Matte Black finish.

    One thing - a simple entry - done three distinct ways full of personality and panache. Check out the video and see more of what HGTV is serving up in this popular feature. One entry, done three ways, featuring the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

     

    Leverage a look that works with Schlage's most stylish levers.

    July 1, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    Leverage your look with Schlage's most stylish levers.

    One of the easiest ways to give your home's look an upgrade is to replace conventional door knobs with simple - and simply beautiful - levers.

     

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    Schlage Northbrook lever on a mid-century modern dining room door.
    One of the easiest ways to give your home's look an upgrade is to replace conventional door knobs with simple - and simply beautiful - levers. Levers are distinctive yet timeless, and a range of style options means they work "door to door," from the front door to your French doors and everywhere in between.
    Schlage Sacramento lever on glamorous bathroom door.

    Style and function

    Schlage offers distinctive door levers in a variety of finishes, styles and trims. With such a wide selection, it’s easy to find the perfect match for both function and style. There are electronic keypads and smart locks, as well as privacy (Bed and Bath) locks and passage (Hall and Closet) locks. All of this makes Schlage levers as versatile as they are stylish.

    Minimalist Schlage Custom Eller lever in Matte Black on white door.

    Speaking of versatile, levers are also easy to open for children, people who find gripping door knobs difficult and those who literally have their hands full. Carrying grocery bags or a laundry basket? Levers are “elbow friendly” for instances like these. And Schlage levers can be easily installed in minutes using only a screwdriver.

    Open possibilities

    From classic looks that never go out of style to bold contemporary designs, Schlage’s levers and door handles fit and accentuate virtually any décor. With a wide range of interior and exterior door levers, trims and finishes, it’s easy to find just what you’re looking for.

    Schlage door lever styles.
    1. Schlage Custom Northbrook lever with Upland trim in Bright Chrome. A fresh, inventive take on a legendary, distinctively simple style.

    2. Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze. A contemporary take on the classic look and feel of wrought iron paired with Schlage’s flagship trim.

    3. Birmingham lever in Aged Bronze. Delicate, ornate flourishes for a classic and beautiful Victorian-inspired look.

    4. Sacramento lever in Satin Nickel. Versatile styling and flowing lines complement any decor.

    5. Schlage Custom Broadway lever with Century trim in Bright Chrome. A tastefully edgy aesthetic with a decidedly Mid-Century Modern flair.

    6. Schlage Custom Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black. Scandinavian inspiration, precision and simplicity combine for a minimalist masterpiece.

    7. Schlage Custom Northbrook with Upland trim in Satin Nickel. Imaginative and refined with Bauhaus inspiration and simple elegance.

    Which hand is which?

    Levers for handlesets and non-turning locks need to be chosen based upon which direction your door opens. Does it open to the left or to the right? Schlage’s lever model numbers are conveniently marked on the product packaging as left handed (LH) or right handed (RH), accordingly, to help you choose the lever that’s right for your door. For straight levers, like the Schlage Latitude lever, handing does not apply.

    More handy tips

    With so many lever designs to choose from, a little preparation prior to purchase goes a long way. When heading to the hardware store, it may be helpful to bring your old door hardware for reference. Also bring pictures of the door and doorway you’re working on as well as your room setting. If you’re not sure what style you want, snap some photos of what’s available in the store and use them as reference at home. And, again, depending upon the specific application, don’t forget to make sure the lever you choose is handed correctly.

    Schlage Custom Broadway lever on living room door.
    Always feel free to ask for advice from your hardware professional and, most of all, have fun! You’re about to update your home beautifully – and in the easiest way possible – with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Matte is the new black.

    June 28, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Matte is the new black | Schlage

    Matte black is more popular than ever, so there’s never been a better time to explore adding some adventurous touches to your home design.

     

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    Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt in matte black on modern wood front door.
    Matte black is more popular than ever, so there’s never been a better time to explore adding some adventurous touches to your home design. From automotive finishes and sleek appliances to more simple applications like home fixtures and Schlage door hardware, matte black adds big style even in small doses.
    Schlage Custom matte black bedroom locks on white doors.

    More than modern

    It’s true: matte black has been a cornerstone of the latest contemporary and industrial modern design trends for years. Its versatility brings its own brand of “wow” to a host of today’s most popular designs as well, from trending styles like Farmhouse and Art Deco to more traditional Craftsman and Victorian decor. Matte black crosses style boundaries by effortlessly merging the modern with the classic, the soft with the shocking and even the feminine with the masculine. The possibilities are endless.

    Quote: Matte Black effortlessly crosses style boundaries.

    Open possibilities

    Schlage’s Matte Black hardware is stylish and versatile. It allows you to make truly distinctive updates throughout your home – from electronic locks on your front entryway to coordinated interior levers and knobs – all without breaking the bank. Think beyond mere function and look to Schlage’s line of Matte Black hardware to quickly and easily create your own singular style statement throughout your home.

    Mood board of Schlage matte black door hardware.
    1. Latitude lever with Century trim. Minimalism meets Mid-Century Modern in this striking pairing.

    2. Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim. A modern take on old-world inspired tradition and elegance.

    3. Schlage Custom Greenwich handleset with 3/4 trim. High style meets subdued chic that’s all Mid-Century Modern.

    4. Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Century trim. Home automation goes simple and chic.

    5. Schlage Custom Dempsey lever with Rosewood trim. Takes you back to the glitz, glory and style of old Hollywood with a whole new twist.

    6. Schlage Custom Bowery knob with Collins trim. Smooth contemporary look and feel with a minimalist touch.
    Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt in Matte Black on a blue-grey door.

    The big finish

    Looking for the best way to add matte black to your color palette? Start with something simple like your door hardware. It’s a small investment in time and money that can pay big dividends by adding instant polish and elegance to your home. See for yourself with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Get inspired with these #summerporch décor ideas.

    June 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Summer porch decor | Schlage

    Check out some of our favorite Instagram photos from bloggers and designers to get those outdoor décor juices flowing.

     

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    If your front porch is starting to feel stale this summer, we want to help. Check out some of our favorite Instagram photos from bloggers and designers to get those outdoor décor juices flowing, and don’t forget to follow the hashtags that have you feeling most inspired.

    #summerporch

    Look no further than @onceupona1912 for tips to style a farmhouse cottage. This traditional door complements the wicker furniture and natural wood planters, and the dark finish on the door hardware pairs nicely with a mint green door.
     

    This @oldsaltfarm entryway exemplifies the beauty of simplicity. The planters’ leaves and layered door mat give a pop of color against the otherwise basic black-and-white décor. Those house numbers are another nice detail that improves curb appeal.

    #summerpatio

    Two things we really love about this deck – efficient use of vertical space and party-ready décor. Check out @cleanandscentsible’s account for more photos of hanging planters that draw the eye up and her grilling and drink station along the back wall.
     

    Here’s outdoor flowers with a twist. Dried lavender not only helps create a rustic vibe but also contributes to the overall color scheme for @somuchbetterwithage.

    #summerdecor

    The color combination, the curtains, the calm. We can definitely see ourselves relaxing on this porch by @deacon_cottage.
     

    Are we inside or outside? It doesn’t really matter with this @farmhouseredefined porch. The stone fireplace and wood ceilings are a naturally gorgeous nod to the surrounding woods.

    #outdoorliving

    Looking at this @chrislovesjulia deck design has us planning our next backyard party.
     

    This porch exudes traditional Southern charm thanks to the wicker chairs, distressed table and the print of the rug. We also think @our1880southerncottage nailed the red, white and black color pairing.

    #outdoorspace

    The great thing about this @handmakeshome porch décor? It’s proof that adult chic can co-exist with kid cute.
     

    Without the string lights, fence design and firepit working together, this would be just another patio, but @crazychicdesign brightens things up with variety.

    Small space is no problem for @hunkerhome. The consistent use of light, neutral colors and natural materials keeps this balcony space from looking cluttered.

    #backyarddesign

    There are lots of patterns going on in @diffmiller’s design, but the commitment to a blue and white color scheme makes it work.
     

    This Bohemian-meets-tropical style isn’t for everyone, but @outdoorlivingmag shows how you can create a stylish and functional outdoor space with unusual materials. Wooden pallets became a comfy lounge space for this pup, and the bench can easily be seating or a table.

    #patiodesign

    We love how @manchesterfactory created an outdoor room, complete with a rug to define the space and cushioned seating, while also using so much greenery you still feel like you’re outside.
     

    This before-and-after is fantastic. See how @kimberlyknight used small details – some paint, bright furniture, whimsical lighting and pretty planters – to make a big difference.

    Follow Schlage on Instagram and share your own outdoor décor ideas with us!

     

    14 new takes on classic Mother’s Day gifts.

    May 1, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Mother's Day gift ideas | Schlage

    Perfume and flowers are classic for a reason – she loves them. But why not shake it up just a bit? Here’s a new take on some traditional gifts Mom is sure to love.

     

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    You want to say Happy Mother’s Day in the most special way. There’s no reason to ditch the typical gifts, though. Perfume and flowers are classic for a reason – she loves them. But why not shake it up just a bit? Here’s a new take on some traditional gifts Mom is sure to love.
    Potted plants on front porch for Mother's Day gift.

    Flowers

    1. Potted plants – When you build Mom a container garden, you open up new possibilities. They’re mobile so you can move them inside if you get a late freeze, they can be customized to fit a tiny balcony or a huge deck, and you can pick and choose her favorite blooms. Think of it as a living floral arrangement that can light up any room, the porch and her smile.

    2. Kitchen herb garden – If Mom likes to cook, plant her a small herb garden. Like the container garden, these can be perfect for large outdoor spaces or small kitchen window sills. They’re pretty, most of them smell good and they certainly taste great.

    3. Front yard makeover – Amp up the curb appeal of Mom’s home by doing a garden overhaul. Try some of these spring landscaping tips from Home Made Lovely, ranging from planting a tree to adding color with window boxes to improving drainage with a pretty gravel walkway.

    Spa Getaway

    1. Salt lamp – The verdict is still out on whether salt lamps have any actual health benefits. What everyone can agree on though is that they create a calming environment and can help limit light in the evening when you’re trying to relax before bed. It’s a great start for that stay-at-home spa alternative.

    2. Porch swing – Can’t you just see Mom relaxing in the evening with a glass of iced tea and her favorite book, lazily swinging away on the front porch? Porch swings, or any kind of comfortable seating, is a great way to add style and function to Mom’s home.

    3. Bedroom makeover – If Mom is looking for an everyday escape, make over the bedroom to transform it into that oasis. New linens – don’t forget the extra-soft sheets – as well as an updated headboard or a relaxing sitting area/reading nook could be just what Dr. Mom ordered.
    Master bedroom with teal walls, black iron frame bed and satin nickel Schlage Custom door hardware.

    A Day Off

    1. Porch renovation – Give Mom that day off by tackling a larger renovation project she’s been asking for. Give the front porch a deep clean, paint the front door, replace the handleset with something that’s both secure and stylish, and definitely fix the wobbly handrail.

    2. Cabinet pulls in the kitchen – We’re pretty sure Mom doesn’t want to live in a construction zone – it’s one of the main reasons people don’t take on kitchen renovations. But you can still make some minor updates that will have a big impact without big dust clouds. Replace the cabinet and update your door hardware. With Schlage’s variety of styles and finishes, you can easily create a cohesive look between your door knobs or levers, new pulls and appliances. The best part is that you can do all this and still have a working kitchen to make her breakfast in bed.

    Homemade Art

    1. Personalize a frame – Instead of drawing another picture (which we’re sure she’d still love), how about decorating a picture frame or mirror? It still has your personal touch and you can get as fancy or as modest as your artistic skills – and Mom’s style – allow.

    2. Vignette – If you can’t decide on one piece of art to create, assemble a collection of meaningful items. These vignettes are increasingly popular with the resurgence of maximalism and Art Deco style. All you need is to bring together a handful of her favorite things – maybe you go thrift shopping to find pretty glasses you know she’ll love – and arrange them as a statement piece.

    3. Create a smart scene – “Homemade” doesn’t have a monopoly on art and food. If Mom has a smart home, try creating a scene that makes her life easier. With a smart hub and the right compatible devices, you can create a scene so that all she needs to do is say, “Alexa, it’s time for bed” or tap one button on her smartphone. Her smart devices will then complete whatever scene you set up – turn down the lights, turn on relaxing music, adjust the thermostat and lock the front door.
    Pink floral minimal wreath on front door with Schlage smart lock.

    Digital Photo Frame

    1. Smart lock – If Mom likes digital photo frames, she might appreciate other user-friendly technology in the home. Each of Schlage’s smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – adds everyday convenience and peace of mind she’s sure to love. Access codes means she never has to carry keys if she goes out for a run, a log of lock use lets her know when the kids got home from school and remote access means she can control her lock from anywhere with her smartphone. Find more reasons why a smart lock may be the perfect Mother’s Day gift here.

    2. Amazon Prime subscription – We’re kind of biased, but we think one of the big reasons Mom might love a Prime subscription is its link to the Schlage Encode deadbolt. Prime members in select areas can pair their lock with Key by Amazon and opt-in to in-home delivery. That means all those things Mom’s getting free shipping on can be placed right inside the front door and no one has to worry about porch pirates or rain-soaked boxes anymore.

    3. Alexa-enabled smart plug – This is a great idea if Mom is looking for more ways to make her home smart without investing in sometimes-pricey hubs. She can control lights and more either with voice command or the Alexa app. This is one way to give Mom the convenience she craves.

    Looking for even more gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Try these 5 ways to treat mom to luxury. You can also share how you’re celebrating Mother’s Day on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    4 spring color combinations to wake up your front porch.

    April 24, 2019 10:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Spring front porch decor.

    Springtime. You’re ready to break free from the drab winter, so it’s the perfect time for a color explosion.

     

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    Springtime. You’re ready to break free from the drab winter, so it’s the perfect time for a color explosion. Whether you’re itching to douse your home with as many colors as possible or you’re hesitant to go too bold when decorating for the new season, never fear. We have a range of suggestions for front porch spring color palettes perfect for any taste.
     

    Unlike fall color palettes for your porch, which generally rely on rusty reds, browns, oranges and yellows, spring palettes give you a wider range of options. You’ll typically see more primary colors – blue, yellow, red – but even these can run the gamut from a tropical splash to a subdued beachy pastel.

    Yellow + Blue + Green

    This combination often balances hues found in nature – think green – with unexpected punches of contrast – hello, yellow! Ann from On Sutton Place kept her spring front porch decor simple, but that hardly makes it dull. A blue lantern, greenery in the planters and yellow sprinkled throughout pillows, the door mat and flowers, give this a cohesive and classy look. It’s also a perfect example of how to use neutral-colored furniture as a backdrop for more vibrant hues as well as complementing your home’s color palette – the blue door and brick – with your spring décor.

    StoneGable focused on blues and greens for this patio makeover. What makes it extra special, besides just the pops of color, is the way the décor complements the blue and gray undertones of the home’s stonework.
    Blues and greens are also great for waterside. They’re perfect for front porches or even pool patios, as you can see in Shabbyfufu’s update and the tropically inspired porch from Artisan of Seagrove.
    There’s no need to relegate yellow to a mere accent. Satori Design for Living picked the sunny shade as her focal point. A yellow bench dominates the color scheme on this porch with less obvious blues and greens thanks to potted plants.

    Coral + Blue + White

    You can use pinks and blues together without it looking like an Easter egg hunt or a baby shower. Both Lolly Jane and City Farmhouse brought in coral drink trays and blue or turquoise accents to liven up their porches. They also relied on white furniture to balance the overall look. Pillows with those colors, as well as a few others, in the pattern help to tie everything together.

    And a Grandin Road made a gorgeous pairing out of this coral chair, a minty-colored door, and black and white accents.

    Red + Black + White

    It might not be a color combination that causes spring to immediately … well, spring … to mind, but it’s the kind of contrast that makes a bright color like red really jump. Midwest Living used red, offset by white furniture, in pillows, flowers and other decorative pieces.

    A red accent wall or front door can also help pull off this warm-weather color palette, especially with additional black elements. We think a red door looks great with a Schlage handleset or smart lock in Satin Nickel or Matte Black finish.
    Red front door with Satin Nickel handlest and smart lock.
    Schlage
    And here’s another example of what red paired with a neutral can do for your curb appeal.

    Orange + Pink

    This combo is not for the faint of heart. To avoid it feeling like Halloween, think less rust and more sunset. This seaside porch did just that, capturing sunny rays in pillows and rugs.

    Go all in with orange, pink and purple, like DIY Network did with these orange curtains and other fabrics. No matter what color you choose, when dealing with textiles for your porch, make sure they’re outdoor quality to avoid mildewing and fading.

    There is no truly right or wrong way to decorate your front porch for spring. The important thing is that you find the color palette that best fits your personal style. Find more inspiration or share your own ideas with us on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    Backyard party ideas made stylish and simple.

    April 11, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Backyard party ideas

    Gather inspiration for your next summertime soiree with these festive ideas for décor, food and fun.

     

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    Just like your home, your backyard and how you entertain in it is a unique expression of your personal style. Gather inspiration for your next summertime soiree with these festive backyard party ideas for décor, food and fun.
     

    Man grilling for backyard party

    Photo by Vincent Keiman on Unsplash

    Garden party diva

    You like to bring people together in a timeless fashion. For you, it’s all about connecting with friends and family in a beautiful setting. Your garden is impeccable.

     

    Someplace comfy your guests can sit and enjoy each other’s company is non-negotiable. To create the classic garden party look, think wicker chairs with extra plush cushions. Love seats also lend themselves to more intimate conversations, while multiple seating areas scattered about your garden let people mingle throughout the party.

     

    Your lighting should create an ambience that is relaxing and unobtrusive. Paper lanterns and battery-operated flameless candles are safe and set the right mood. String twinkle lights in your trees or shrubs for a little extra magic when the sun starts to set.

     

    What’s a party without food? Nothing says “garden party” like tea sandwiches and lemonade. Simple yet beautiful fare is usually on the menu. Refreshments should be light and avoid ingredients that might spoil in warm weather.

     

    With a garden party, entertainment typically revolves around quality time with your guests, no elaborate games or stages necessary. You’ll definitely want some music though. The Spruce recommends creating a playlist beforehand that lasts at least three hours. Set it and forget it.

     

    Bonus Tip: You have a gorgeous garden. Use it to your advantage when decorating with your own flowers to create table arrangements.
     

    Smart home host

    You want to devote time to your guests, not the logistics that can be automated with technology. For you, the great outdoors is even greater with some of the comforts of a modern high-tech life.

     

    It doesn’t matter how cushy the chairs are if the summer heat is unbearably hot. Provide guests with some high-tech shade that also lets them charge their phones. A USB umbrella is for you.

     

    Get smart with your lighting and make it automated. Invest in outdoor smart plugs so that lights, or anything else you plug in, can be controlled with a smartphone. Don’t forget to make sure your lights are intended for outdoor use, or if you’re using them near a fountain or pool, water-resistant at the very least. If you’re worried about your WiFi being strong enough to work outside, consider a mesh system or signal extender, which help you stay connected over longer distances and through walls and other obstacles.

     

    We’re not sure what’s on the full menu, but we know it will include some kind of meat cooked to perfection when you can use a Bluetooth grill thermometer. But first, start the party on the right foot with a smart propane detector so you don’t run out of fuel partway through meal prep, and stay smart even after the last guests leave. Grillbots, according to Constellation, are ideal for easy cleaning.

     

    Entertainment is where you’re really going to shine, Smart Home Host. Smart speakers are an obvious choice. Don’t rule out a pop-up outdoor movie theater. HGTV has some cost-effective tips for turning your backyard into an entertainment destination for all your friends.

     

    Bonus Tip: When setting up your smart yard, think about creating scenes that will make your party hosting duties even easier. With a single push of a button or voice command – “Alexa, start the party” – you can initiate a chain reaction that turns on outdoor lights, adjusts indoor lighting, turns up the music and signals to your guests that it’s time to have some fun.
     

    Creator of calm

    You prefer small gatherings over raucous fetes. When you spend time outside, it’s to unwind and find some peace of mind. How you achieve that peace is a unique expression of you.

     

    There is no one-size-fits-all template for creating a calming backyard escape. Some of our favorite ideas though, include cozy hide-away nooks for relaxing or a hammock. Extra points if the hammock is a doublewide so you can share with someone special. Another, albeit slightly more elaborate, seating option is to create an arbor with privacy curtains. Furnish it with comfortable chairs and a bistro table.

     

    Good Housekeeping suggests these origami string lights to softly illuminate a backyard oasis. We also like the idea of citronella candles because nothing ruins a calming evening like a bug that won’t stop buzzing and biting around your ankles.

     

    We thought long and hard about what to serve at your gathering. Should it simply be water flavored with citrus or cucumber to create a spa-like vibe? Or maybe some wine to relax after a long week? Maybe it’s your favorite comfort food. Whatever the answer, we recommend keeping it simple. When all you want to do is unwind, the last thing you should worry about is hauling out loads of dishes and cutlery.

     

    Bonus Tip: Blues, purples and other cool colors are said to inspire relaxation. Consider planting flowers in that color family in your garden.
     

    Social butterfly

    The more the merrier is your party anthem. Sometimes you plan your outdoor gatherings, sometimes they just unfold spontaneously. Your parties are known for their lively fun, good friends and delicious food.

     

    If you never know who – or how many – will show up, you need lawn furniture that can be moved and stored easily. Think light-weight and foldable. It’s also the perfect excuse to show off a more eclectic style flare. No one will mind if the chairs don’t match, especially if you clearly did it on purpose. If you take your backyard entertaining seriously and have a built-in bar or outdoor kitchen, quality bar stools are a must.

     

    When it comes to lighting, two words: Tiki. Torches.

     

    Sure, you can do burgers and beers, but with all these friends piling in for what they know will be an epic night, why not make it a potluck? Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll get plenty of it when everyone brings their favorite picnic dish. When the sun goes down, get the fire pit blazing because you’ve got s’mores to make.

     

    You can take a few cues from the smart home host and bring out your smart speakers and don’t forget to investigate waterproof options for pool- or lake-side fun. But don’t be afraid to keep it old school, too. Classic barbecue yard games or even a simple deck of cards will always be popular options for whiling away the night.

    Bonus Tip: People are ducking in the house to use the bathroom or running to the kitchen to grab the ketchup. Keep your home secure, even with so many people coming and going. Schlage smart locks work great on any kind of entryway, including a back patio, so consider installing this stylish smart solution where you gather most often. A smart lock not only looks great to your guests, but it also works great for you. After a night of revelry, never wonder if you locked up before you went to bed. Check your deadbolt’s status from anywhere, lock it using your smartphone and more.
     

    Making your home welcoming and throwing the party of the season takes more than buying a bag of ice and pack of hot dogs. Regardless of your style, it takes just a bit of planning and a few simple home updates to turn yourself into an entertaining pro. Share how you do outdoor entertaining on Facebook or Instagram.

     

    Sunroom ideas to turn your house inside out…

    April 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 5, 2019

    Sunroom design ideas | Schlage

    If you’re still waiting for warmth and sunshine to come to your door, here is some sunroom inspiration to kick cabin fever to the curb.

     

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    Or maybe it’s outside in? Many of us are chomping at the bit to get outside and finally enjoy some spring weather. If you’re still waiting for warmth and sunshine to come to your door, here is some sunroom inspiration to kick cabin fever to the curb.
    French doors leading to sunroom with Schlage Accent levers in Satin Nickel

    White hot

    One common trend in sunrooms is clean, crisp paint, especially white. It’s no surprise given that the color lends itself well to a bright and cheery space. See how r.house_ and timbercovecottage went almost entirely monochromatic to capture the light.
     

    Grow in your home

    If you’re craving a sunroom as an stand-in for the outdoors, what better way to get some fresh air indoors than with plants? They’ll get plenty of light and you’ll likely enjoy their leafiness all year-round. Another perk? You can use greenery in any style of room, as seen in thelittlewhitehome’s more modern space as well as thekwendyhome’s take on updated vintage.
     

    Go with the flow

    Adding curtains to your windows is not only a simple way to add color and flowing style to your sunroom, but also a great option in case you need to dial down intense light. Soph-isticatedstyle used drapes impecably for this. You might also use “window” treatments along with, or in place of, doors. In this second picture, plaids.and.poppies added curtains to her French doors leading from the master suite to the sunroom.
     

    Sit back and relax

    You’re going to want to spend a lot of time in your sunroom, so make sure you have appropriate seating. Get creative with little reading nooks, hang a sling chair from the beams or simply make the sunroom an extension of the rest of your home, like modernfarmhousebliss did with a comfy couch. You can also mix and match like gilmoregirl_home with chairs, benches and what looks to be some soft rugs if you’re going to spend some time on the floor playing with the kids.
     

    For more style inspiration and tips for updating any area of your home, find Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Stylish and practical bathroom design to awaken all your senses.

    April 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Bathroom design with beach view

    There are a number of upgrades you can make to create a space, even a bathroom, that scintillates all the senses.

     

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    Creating the right “feel” for a room requires more than just slapping up a coat of paint and purchasing some new furniture. There are a number of upgrades you can make to create a space, even a bathroom, that scintillates all the senses.
    Modern bathroom with Schlage Custom lever and beach view.

    Sight – Streamline design, color and lighting

    Part of what makes a bathroom relaxing is its lack of clutter. Before you do anything else, take time to remove items you don’t like, toss beauty products you never use or that are expired and maybe give everything a good scrub. This will create a solid foundation for everything that comes next.

     

    When choosing a color, note that high-end bathrooms are often monochromatic or have a single, neutral base. Whites and grays are considered classic, not to mention expensive-looking, plus they have the benefit of letting brightly colored accessories or unique tilework really pop.

     

    There are so many lighting options in a bathroom – around a vanity for up-close shaving or makeup tasks, recessed for a calming environment, backlit mirrors, dimmers. If you can’t decide, take a cue from hotels, which try to make you look great all the time by lighting mirrors evenly on all sides to eliminate shadows. Houzz suggests wall sconces as just one option to pull this off effectively and stylishly.

     

    Don’t forget about natural lighting either. Take advantage of windows in your bathroom, but if you’re concerned about privacy, add some shades. Style Me Pretty recommends window treatments intended for outdoors, which will be more resistant to moisture. Top-down bottom-up shades provide extra versatility for letting in the light but not prying eyes.

    Touch – Premium materials, fluffy towels and door hardware

    Especially if you’re texture-driven, play with different materials in your bathroom. It can be as simple as a plush rug on smooth tile flooring or as extravagant as mixing stone and wood on your vanity. Love the cool feel of marble but not the price tag? Try marble accessories – a tray or bin for your baubles, a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser – for a budget-friendly compromise.

     

    Invest in towels that are luxuriously soft, not to mention oversized, for a five-star hotel feel. And once you have them, don’t be afraid to show them off. Something you often see in hotels is open shelving that displays the towels expertly folded or rolled. It’s a bit of a mind trick, but copying this storage strategy can signal to your brain that you’re entering a place designed for pampering.

     

    The things you physically hold in your hands everyday – things like door knobs and levers – should feel good and work just as perfectly. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware offers a variety of styles that fit every hand uniquely – knobs that range from round and circular to more oblong, and levers that are either straight-edged or have classy curves. They not only highlight a quality you can feel but also complement the look of your home. Schlage Custom knobs and levers also have 2-in-1 functionality, meaning the locking Bed & Bath function is built in for your privacy.

    Sound – Sound machine, soundproofing and shower head

    We tend to not want to think about sounds in a bathroom, but if you plan on luxuriating in style, here’s a chance to go the extra step. A sound machine can help drown out the worries of the day, help create the illusion that you’re at an oceanside resort or simply provide white noise to block unwanted sounds from other areas of the house.

     

    There are also some easy ways to soundproof a bathroom. Thick rugs can help soundproof floors, and foam pipe wrap softens sounds from rattling plumbing. Hollow doors don’t do much for blocking noise, so you can either replace the door entirely or save some money with weather stripping. If you decide to keep the hollow door, you might be interested in some of these tricks for sprucing up their style.

     

    While you’re eliminating sounds, think about your shower. Does it whistle, thump or rattle? You might need to replace a gasket or adjust the valves in your plumbing. And don’t forget a nice new rainfall shower head while you’re making upgrades.

    Taste – Multitasking pieces

    We’re getting creative here because, well, who wants to eat in the bathroom? Might we suggest a nice stool? It will make for a convenient seating area when you’re getting ready in the morning and a nice table for a wine glass when soaking in your upgraded oasis in the evening.

     

    When it comes to design, the look and feel you create is completely in your hands. Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration to awaken all your style senses.
     

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