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    10+ ways to get your vacation rental ready for the holidays.

    November 13, 2019 11:51 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Holiday vacation rental | Schlage

    Take care of these details to have a major impact when accepting bookings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

     

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    Is your vacation rental ready for the holidays? It’s easy to imagine what your guests might need for a summer getaway, but as a property manager, making this festive time of year special for them can pay off big for you, too. Take care of these details to have a major impact when accepting bookings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

    Deck the halls … or not

    If you know your guests are staying with you to celebrate their holiday, there’s no reason you can’t deck the halls. Some will appreciate being able to enjoy a Christmas getaway without missing out on their favorite traditions.

     

    But when you have multiple bookings coming and going, or if you aren’t sure why someone is staying with you, it can be a good idea to keep your décor more neutral. Instead of a giant Christmas tree or a menorah, for example, try a simple wreath on the door, garland around a fireplace, candles with holiday scents or snowmen.

    Give a welcoming gift

    No one will turn down a thoughtful gift. A welcome basket is a good idea for any time of year, but you can tailor it for holiday time. Lodgify suggests a basket of hot chocolate or cider mixes. If you’re local to your vacation rental, you could offer a plate of fresh, homemade cookies.

    Offer the ultimate package

    Try promoting a holiday package to potential guests. As part of their booking, offer a wine or Champaign basket, reservations to a nice restaurant for a holiday meal or tickets to a local theater production. Guests will appreciate your inside knowledge and ability to arrange the details so they don’t have to.

    Provide in-home entertainment

    Even if guests plan to get out of the house during the holidays, there might be some stretches where there just isn’t anywhere to go. When restaurants, museums and stores are closed for the holiday, give guests something to keep them busy. Board games, movies and books or magazines are a good start. Families might appreciate this as well as it gives them more opportunity to have fun quality time together.

    Stock up with holiday supplies

    Just as you might supply sunscreen and beach towels for summer guests, think about the things people need at holiday time. Maybe it’s gift wrap and extra tape. Maybe it’s extra cooking supplies like sugar, flour, roasting pans and measuring cups.

    Accommodate the whole family

    Holiday travelers come in all shapes. You’re likely dealing with entire families booking your rental at this time of year, so consider supplying kid-friendly accommodations like a portable crib and high chair. Use these child proofing tips while you’re at it. If you’re rental is pet-friendly, be sure to make that clear to potential guests so they know they can bring Fido instead of paying for a kennel.

    Get the word out

    If your holiday bookings are lagging, consider sending a newsletter to past guests letting them know that you are accepting Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s reservations. Make it extra enticing by reminding them of the fun things there are to do around town, especially if they’re holiday-specific, and include festive photography.

    Take seasonal photos

    Whether it’s for a newsletter or your booking site, show off the holiday ambience through photography. Stage your vacation home with festive décor, highlight an accommodating kitchen that will cater to family gatherings or capture snow-covered views. Make it easy for people to imagine themselves being cozy and spending quality time with loved ones at your vacation rental.

    Help them shop

    There’s always someone you never know how to shop for. Promote your rental as the perfect gift. Lodgify recommends special discounts or gift certificates for bookings to attract gift-givers.

    Set a minimum stay

    A three-night minimum stay is a good rule of thumb, whether you’re managing a property during less-popular holidays or during peak season. According to Rented.com, this can deter people looking to check in or out on The Day, making it harder for you to enjoy your own holiday with family.

    Price appropriately

    Figuring out what to charge for your vacation rental is often a tricky endeavor and the holidays are no different. If you’re in a location that caters more to the holiday crowd, you can afford to upcharge visitors a bit. Just don’t be too ambitious or they’ll look elsewhere. If Christmas or New Year’s is down-season for you, consider lowering your rates.

     

    Managing a rental property successfully means taking care of all the details so that others enjoy their stay, return for a repeat visit and continue supporting your business. Visit the Schlage blog for more tips on managing a vacation home, including how to use smart locks to simplify home sharing and how a strong welcoming statement makes for better business.

     

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    7 must-follow rules for a welcoming entryway.

    November 8, 2019 11:51 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    7 Must-Follow Rules for a Welcoming Entryway | Schlage

    Whether you have a grand foyer or have to fake an entry, here are seven rules you should consider to create a welcoming entryway.

     

     

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    After a long, hectic day away from home, there's nothing better than a beautiful and clean entryway to help you unwind. Whether you have a grand foyer or need to improvise one, here are seven rules you should consider to make this space work time after time.
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    1. Prepare for landing

    Think of all the items you walk in the door with: keys, phone, mail. A landing strip – usually a small table or narrow shelf – provides an organized space where you can set those items down and keep your foyer looking gorgeous. You might also have room for a bit of decoration to put a smile on your face when you come home.

    2. Get organized

    Once you've made it through the front door, you need a designated place for every day items. This will help you avoid leaving them cluttered all over a chair or kitchen table. Have hooks ready for jackets, coats, dog leashes, umbrellas and purses. Keep an organizer for important mail you need to follow up with and a wastebasket to recycle junk mail. A boot tray or bench can keep shoes out of the flow of traffic and puddles off the floor.

    3. Clear the floor.

    As you and your guests enter your home, it's important to have a clear path, especially in small entryways. This will help the entryway to appear larger and more polished, not to mention reduce annoying tripping hazards.

    4. Accessorize

    Don't be afraid to welcome your guests with your personal style up front. You'll also give yourself a mood boost each time you walk in the door to find your favorite flowers, rug or mirror. For more tips on styling your entryway, check out our six must-have elements to unlock your foyer’s décor potential.

    5. Direct traffic

    Sometimes you need to create your own entryway, like when your door opens to the entire home. Place a large plant or piece of furniture to divide this space from the rest of the space. This will help guests move through your home in a way that is welcoming and natural. Will they have to pass in front of a TV while friends are watching a big game? You may want to rethink the flow of traffic so everyone feels right at home.

    6. Have a welcoming scent.

    Smell is a powerful sense. Use candles, fresh flowers or a plug-in scent to create the perfect ambience for you and your guests. Try citrus scents to feel clean and invigorated, baked goods-inspired candles for something homey or cinnamon, which is thought to fight mental fatigue and improve concentration.

    7. Update for the seasons

    There's a big difference between storing flip flops and snow boots! Make sure your entryway is ready to change with the seasons so you don't miss a moment of family fun.

    What rules do you follow in your entryway? Share your ideas with us on Instagram and Twitter.

     

    5 easy ways to add color to a neutral color palette.

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

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Transitional color palette | Schlage

    If you find yourself stifling a yawn with transitional style’s focus on neutral colors, Schlage offers you five ways add more vibrancy while still staying true to your design.

     

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    Concrete floors are too stark for you, but curly-cue wrought iron is too ornate. That might mean your style is transitional, with a little bit of modern complimenting a touch of traditional. It’s a great style when you want to use elements from different eras (or when compromising with others during a redesign). But if you find yourself stifling a yawn with transitional style’s focus on neutral colors, Schlage offers you five ways add more vibrancy while still staying true to your design.
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    What is transitional style?

    Transitional is the happy medium of styles, classic with an updated flair. You might see a vintage chair with contemporary wall art in the same room. Or it could be a traditional brass faucet paired with modern marble countertops. Although there’s a mix-and-match quality to it, don’t be tricked into thinking transitional style is eclectic. You still want a look where every piece of the room, from furniture and artwork to textiles and lighting fixtures, works in harmony together.

     

    Some of the typical elements of a transitional room are minimal accessories although not so bare that it feels like a modern true-minimalist room, sophisticated furniture with gentle curves to find the middle ground between contemporary straight lines and traditional ornate flourishes, and, of course, neutral colors.

    Transitional color palettes

    Neutral colors is one of those elements transitional style takes from the modern end of the spectrum. Think hues that inspire calm environments: cream and ivory, beige, tan, khaki, gray and taupe. You don’t want the color palette to be distracting, which can be the case in more traditional styles such as Art Deco or Victorian. Here’s how to find the happy medium between monochromatic and eclectic.

    1. Select your color scheme.

    Choose a base color and then complement it with a variety of other hues in the same family. Your walls, furniture, window treatments, rugs and so on could incorporate tan, caramel, espresso and other shades of brown. You might vary your blues from ice blue to something smoky to sky blue, cobalt, then navy. Or maybe you opt for a range of greens. Stick with three to five colors from a family so you end up with a room that is neither Art Deco vibrant nor monochromatic.

    2. Focus on accent pieces.

    Let’s say you’ve committed to a comforting transitional gray for your walls and your furniture is similarly neutral. Kick in some color with a throw pillow, artwork, floor coverings or lighting fixtures. You probably don’t want a bright canary yellow or fire engine red, but a rich brick tone or deep hunter green can maintain the calm style found in transitional homes while still allowing you to enjoy some visual interest.

    3. Consider finishes.

    Capture a flash of color with hardware, plumbing fixtures and other metallic finishes. This is an obvious solution in kitchens and bathrooms where you’d find metallic elements like faucets and drawer pulls anyway. But don’t rule out metallics in other areas of the house. Pendant lighting or chandeliers (choose one with straight lines rather than those that are ornate or crystal) are an easy addition. You can also look for a coffee table with metal legs or other accents, as well as metallic vases, picture frames, candlesticks or other accessories.

    Door hardware is also a simple way to elevate the look of any room with metallics. Popular transitional pairings include the Schlage® Camelot trim with the Accent lever or the Kinsler trim with glass Hobson knob. Find more door knob styles and a variety of levers from Schlage here.
    The finish of your door hardware – or any metallic fixture, for that matter – is vitally important. You want a finish that is either neutral itself or offers some contrast. Consider Schlage’s Satin Nickel, Bright Chrome and Matte Black finishes for your transitional space.

    4. Add some contrast.

    We like this transitional kitchen highlighted at Houzz.com. For contrast with the white tilework and marble countertops, the dark green cabinets and metallic drawer pulls provide a bit of pop. It’s the green that makes this work in transitional style. Green and brown hues, even deep and rich ones, are reminiscent of colors found in nature, a common characteristic in transitional homes. Some even call green nature’s neutral.

    5. Identify the details that make a statement.

    It can be difficult to find places to add color in a bathroom, no matter what style your home is. And if you’ve chosen white tile for that neutral base, it can feel stark and too contemporary for your transitional tastes. Houzz says you can soften that feel and get back to transitional by using a darker grout.

    Find the look that’s right for you and your home with the Schlage Style Selector Tool. Then head over to Pinterest to stock up on inspiration.

     

    A home improvement transformation to fall in love with.

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

    Monday, October 28, 2019

    Fall home improvement ideas | Schlage

    Fall is a prime time to tackle home improvement projects. Even Mother Nature, as she turns the leaves from green to gold, knows it’s the season for change.

     

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    We think of spring, with deep cleaning and fresh starts, as the season for taking on home improvement tasks. But fall is an equally prime time to tackle those projects. Even Mother Nature, as she turns the leaves from green to gold, knows it’s the season for change.

     

    You can hit the reset button on your home in many ways, but for a major impact without a major investment, try new door hardware. Updating door knobs to match your style more closely, exchanging your knobs for levers or choosing a new finish can provide that sense of transformation fall calls for.

    Fall home improvement ideas

    Take advice from the experts

    If you’re thinking that new door hardware is too basic a change to make a noticeable difference or are asking why you would invest any amount of time and money into something as humdrum as door hardware, check out what these interior designers and real estate professionals have to say.

    • USA Today – “It's a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colors when you're decorating a room. But don't underestimate the power of household hardware. These small items — doorknobs, drawer pulls, cabinet-door handles — are ‘the jewelry’ that can add style and sparkle to any space, says New York-based interior designer Young Huh. Just as the right necklace can turn a simple dress into a fashion statement, a striking new set of knobs on an old cabinet, or vintage crystal doorknobs can bring a huge dose of style to your home with minimal expense, she says.”
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    • 99 acres – “Doors are not complete without complementary hardware. An old-world brass handle on a striking, contemporary Brazilian hardwood door will be a style disaster, as would a modern steel handle on a beautifully carved door. So choosing the right companion for your doors is an important, aesthetic and integral part of giving that complete look to your home interiors.”
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    • Blue i Style – “I knew I would love this modern door hardware, but I have to admit that I was blown away buy what a major impact it actually has throughout the house. Our new door levers really are the final accessory that we needed to tie together the look of our home!”
    Schlage offers a variety of styles and finishes to help you tie everything together and have it looking beautiful. Our Style Selector Tool can guide you in finding the right design for you and your home. With the right choices, you can make a striking statement, from the front door to the back porch and everywhere in between.

    Take inspiration from the season

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to update your home merely for the sake of doing something different (although that can be reinvigorating). Be inspired by some of the other symbolism of fall. Focusing on preservation means this is our chance to create a home that will comfort us through the upcoming winter months. Protection directs us to be more aware of our surroundings so that we can make them more secure. And comfort is all about creating a cozy home we can hunker down in as if we were getting ready to hibernate.

     

    When preservation, protection and comfort are top of mind, remember Schlage’s commitment to quality and premium metal construction. Our exterior door hardware, including Schlage smart locks, is among the industry leaders in security, so you know your deadbolt will help keep you and your family safe. And, because style is great but functionality is vital, our interior door hardware is built to provide the reliability and privacy you expect.

     

    Explore Schlage’s range of door knobs and levers at Schlage.com. Or for greater security on your home’s exterior, look into our stylish handlesets, deadbolts and smart locks. Change doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Embrace fall, embrace the change, embrace your new look.

     

    Master fall décor, inside and out.

    October 23, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Fall decor inside and out | Schlage

    Here are some of our favorite examples of how you can capture the perfect fall décor inside and out, across every area of the house, to give your whole home the look you love.

     

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    Whether it’s seasonal décor, door hardware or a color palette for the master suite, a cohesive design exudes class and style. But sometimes when you’re decorating for the holidays, the excitement can take over and you end up with a disjointed collection of items. Your front porch says farmhouse, your living room expresses glamorous elegance and your bathroom is just a hodge-podge. Here are some of our favorite examples of how you can capture the perfect fall décor inside and out, across every area of the house, to give your whole home the look you love.
    Fall decor, inside and out.

    Setting for Four

    Sometimes matching your interior and exterior décor, no matter the season, is as simple as coordinating your color palettes. In their fall décor, Setting for Four displays pumpkins on both the mantel and the front porch, and in both locations, the color scheme incorporates white and glitter rather than traditional fall hues. It’s a great way to keep it cohesive throughout the entire home as well as stay true to your everyday décor is more glam.

     

      

    Liz Marie

    Liz Marie’s table scape and porch again show how complementary color schemes can keep your overall décor looking refined. It’s also a prime example of how using your favorite everyday style – in this case, shabby chic – can provide a solid anchor for your seasonal décor. We’re looking specifically at the natural wood dining table and porch chairs. What keeps this décor from getting predictable and dull is the switch from apples indoors to pumpkins outdoors. Both radiate fall without being too matchy-matchy.

     

      

    StoneGable

    First of all, is there anything more inviting than that porch swing? StoneGable keeps that welcoming vibe running throughout thanks to the warm fabrics both outdoors and in. Candles on the mantle and in the lantern on the porch steps, mums in matching containers, and pumpkins in both orange and white set the scene for a well-thought-out design. That being said, we also like the varied use of vegetation – corn husks, berries, leaves and pinecones – to keep the eye dancing.

     

      

    Simply Southern Cottage

    Fall décor for the mudroom is a bit unexpected but no less gorgeous, especially when it coordinates so well with the front porch. Pumpkins and mums are the obvious common elements, but the wreaths show just how much planning Simply Southern Cottage put into the design. We think their natural, sunburst-inspired form adds a cohesive touch. It’s also a good reminder that your wreath doesn’t have go outside. Bring it indoors and enjoy it any kind of weather.

     

      

    Vintage Society Co

    This one’s a little different. If you scroll through Vintage Society Co. on Instagram, you’ll see plenty of cohesive design, but what we truly appreciate is the style continuity from one season to the next. No matter how you switch up your look for the fall, remember that your home should be an expression of you. That’s why we love Vintage Society Co.’s commitment to flowers at any time of year, from the white roses coordinated with pale pumpkins in autumn to the vibrant violet hues of spring.

     

      

     

    There are many ways to achieve a refined look in your home, no matter your personal style. For design inspiration, whether it’s for the fall or any time of year, your front porch or your favorite indoor space, find Schlage on Instagram or Pinterest.

     

    Travel in style: How to re-create the looks you love from abroad.

    October 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    How to re-create the looks you love from abroad. | Schlage

    Travel in style with these eight trips to explore architecture, and use our tips to help you re-create the look at home.

     

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    You hit the road, get inspired by the sights and want to bring a piece of your travels home with you. Or maybe you look abroad for new ideas to update your home. Travel in style with these eight trips to explore architecture, and use our tips to help you re-create the look at home.

    New York, New York – The Chrysler Building

    For a taste of glamorous Art Deco, head to the Big Apple. When the Chrysler Building was constructed in the early 20th Century, it was intended to be the tallest building in the world. That’s appropriate for Art Deco, which is all about showing wealth through extremes, ornate design, bright metals, lush fabrics and bold colors included. If you visit the Chrysler Building, travel no further than the lobby to see prime examples of Art Deco – sharp geometric shapes and angles, chrome and marble, and no shortage of patterns.

    Getting the Art Deco look in your own home is simple by focusing on a few key elements. Go bold with color on walls and in fabrics. Metallic accents on lighting and plumbing fixtures and other decorative pieces are an affordable way to get shimmering opulence. For door hardware, Bright Chrome or brass finishes are the way to go. Try a Schlage Custom™ Dempsey lever with Rosewood trim to capture the extravagant style that was popular in Art Deco’s heyday.

    Mill Run, Pennsylvania – Fallingwater

    Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic homes, largely because of its harmony between design and nature. Look no farther than the water cascading from beneath the house. The exterior is made of sandstone local to the Pittsburgh area, and the color palette was intended to help it blend with its natural surroundings. This groundbreaking “organic architecture” is the reason Fallingwater is a National Historic Landmark.

    To re-create some of the style notes of Fallingwater in your home, bring the outdoors inside. Large windows give the impression of outdoor living, even from the comfort of your couch. Choose materials and finishes wisely, too. Lean toward stonework, concrete like you see on Fallingwater’s terraces and natural woods. These materials pair nicely with door hardware and other fixtures in Aged Bronze, Satin Brass and Matte Black finishes. This isn’t the time for shine. Clean lines are also preferable, so consider something like a Schlage Latitude lever with the Century trim.

    Washington, D.C. – The White House

    Not surprisingly given its age, the White House is typical traditional architecture, specifically Federal style. Federal homes commonly have porch columns, lots of windows that often are topped by elliptical fanlights, plenty of symmetry and curved stairways. Front facades tend to be ornate and made of brick or clapboard depending on the region.

    To capture the architectural style of the White House, you’ll want to incorporate geometrical shapes. Focus on elliptical, circular and fan shapes for structural elements. Look above all those windows for examples. Add ornamental plaster work and molding. You can do a lot with these elements, but if your door hardware leans toward the modern instead of traditional, the overall effect will feel strange. Try the Schlage Andover knob and Wakefield trim for starters, which looks great in an Antique Brass or Aged Bronze finish.

    Charleston, South Carolina – Drayton Hall

    Staying traditional, the Georgian architecture of Drayton Hall shares many design elements with the White House’s Federal style. This plantation home has never been restored, giving a rare opportunity to see an unaltered Georgian structure with its original materials. If you visit, you’ll see plaster rosettes on the ceilings and towering porch columns similar to Federal homes. The home also features overall balance and proportions with the same number of windows flanking each side of the door.

    Create this look in your home by paying special attention to the entryway. Not only do they enhance your curb appeal, but paneled wood doors topped with a decorative pediment shout Georgian architecture. French doors, especially leading out to back porches, can also help complete the look. When updating your door hardware, try a Schlage Georgian knob on the Addison trim in an Antique Brass finish.

    San Francisco, California – Painted Ladies

    San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, sometimes called Postcard Row, are a prime example of Victorian architecture with their colors galore, balconies and large porches. Although Victorian is considered traditional architecture, it certainly does not follow the need for symmetry that the other traditional styles do. Doors are skewed to one side of the home, making room for bay windows, more decorative gables and plenty of textures.

    You can give your home the Victorian feel with patterns, patterns and more patterns. Inside, it’s about decorative wallpapers mixed with fabrics that, at first glance, don’t “match.” Outside, you’ll see those patterns in painted woodwork and even stained-glass paneling. When looking for door hardware, Schlage's glass Alexandria knob is classically Victorian. Pair it with the Camelot trim in a Satin Brass finish, or try the Schlage Birmingham lever with the Brookshire trim.

    Tuscany, Italy – Castello di Reschio

    We head overseas for the best examples of Tuscan and Mediterranean architecture. The Castello di Reschio is a grand home that exemplifies classic Tuscan style with earthy colors and a nod to the natural. Think terracotta flooring balanced with aged-looking wood. You’ll also see beamed ceilings supporting rough plaster walls and simple windows that let in natural light.

    Feel like you’re visiting bella Tuscany without leaving your own home when you focus on natural materials and artisanal design. Rustic stonework and woodwork rule both inside and out. And when choosing your fixtures and door hardware, opt for styles and finishes reminiscent of wrought iron. Schlage’s Whitney lever on the Alden trim in Matte Black is a great place to start. Consider Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish on other hardware for an old-world feel that fits right in with Tuscan architecture.

    Copenhagen, Denmark – The Royal Danish Playhouse

    Visit Denmark’s national theater to see the streamlined geometry, sleek lines and abundance of glass doors and windows common in Scandinavian architecture. These windows tap into the important role light and nature play in this style. Design is characterized by simplicity – no ornate Victorian curlicues or crazy colors here.

    Replicate this beautiful building’s ambiance in your own design by keeping it rather basic and closer to minimalism than anything else. Choose elements that are both functional and comfortable like a bed with a simple frame and headboard, then make it more luxurious with plush blankets. Light colors enhance natural light. Try door hardware such as Schlage’s Eller lever with the Collins trim in a in Satin Nickel finish.

    Löbau, Germany – Haus Schminke

    Bauhaus architecture – modern and minimalist – was born in Germany. What you’ll find in Bauhaus homes is an emphasis on geometric form. Ornamentation does not get in the way of function, although the style’s stark qualities are often still eye-catching rather than feeling bare and overly industrial. If you visit Haus Schminke, you can do more than just tour. The former family home welcomes overnight guests.

    Get the Bauhaus look by incorporating clean lines with sharp edges into your design. Your color palette should be bold, but unlike Art Deco, focus on solids rather than patterns. Bauhaus ultimately led to what we know today as Mid-Century Modern, so don’t be afraid to pull in some of those more familiar elements. For fixtures and hardware, try Bright Chrome or Matte Black finishes. The Upland trim with the Schlage Northbrook lever will help you pull off this look.

     

    Inspiration can come from anywhere. If you can’t hit the road, find it virtually. Schlage’s Style Selector tool online can help match you with the right look, and there’s also Pinterest and Instagram to help get the creative juices flowing.

     

    Opportunity is knocking for an updated front door.

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

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    Front door knocker updates | Schlage

    Check out these mood boards for every style of home and see what front entry handlesets and accessories pair best to make a welcoming and stylish statement.

     

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    Do door knockers make you picture a Dracula-style haunted house? The unwitting visitor raps on the door and it swings eerily open on creaky hinges? It’s a vivid image, but not one you want for your own home. There are many ways to update your front door so that it makes a welcoming first impression, and door accessories are just the beginning.

     

    Door knockers are traditional front door décor. They’re the original doorbell, after all. But they can be just as stunning on modern homes as well. Check out these options for every style of home and see what front entry handlesets and accessories to pair them with to make a welcoming and stylish statement. Be sure to check out our mood boards for each unique look.

    Modern

    Once you see a modern door knocker in action, we bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A flatter, squarer knocker would show nicely with the Schlage® Century handleset when they both feature similar rectangular shapes. Other accessories like a wall-mounted mailbox or porch light should mirror that, so try minimalist designs and more straight edges.

    A great variation if all squares has you feeling too rigid is the Schlage® Greenwich handleset with a door knocker that has a similar arched silhouette. Coordinate your overall design with simple, free-flowing rounded edges.
    For an industrial modern home especially, we like anything in a dark finish. Luckily, our Century and Greenwich handlesets both come in Matte Black as well as Bright Chrome. The door knocker we chose for this style is at once bold because of the finish but also simple due to its geometric design. Pair it with the Schlage Century handleset on your door’s exterior and a Schlage® Bowery knob and Collins trim on the interior to replicate the round-on-square combination inside and out.

    Traditional

    Urn-shaped door knockers are a classic touch for a traditional home or if you’re in an older neighborhood. While we chose one in a bright silver finish, brass hardware is also a good choice for Colonial styles.

     

    Traditional door knocker and hardware pairings mood board.

    Pineapples were a common design motif for Colonial times as well. Also seen in Victorian décor, they were a sign of being welcome, so it makes sense to choose a pineapple door knocker for your front entry. You can then replicate the detail from the pineapple with flourishes in other accessories, but to keep from going overboard, pair it all with simpler door hardware. The Schlage® Plymouth and Camelot handlesets hit the mark thanks to its subtle curves and subdued design.
    Victorian door knocker and hardware pairings mood board.
    Victorian homes are known for being ornate, so your door accessories should follow suit. A bold door knocker – think pineapple again or a lion’s head – makes statement and sets the tone for other elements like the intricate Schlage® Brookshire or Camelot handlesets.

    Mediterranean

    For Mediterranean and mission-style homes, wrought-iron door accessories are undeniable. The Schlage® Wakefield handleset, particularly in the Aged Bronze finish is reminiscent of that raw metalwork but with a more sophisticated flair. Combine it with a wrought-iron door knocker and accessories that feature swooping curves and plenty of detail. When pairing it with interior door hardware, consider the Schlage® Siena knob with matching Wakefield trim.

     

    Mediterranean door knocker and hardware pairings mood board.

    Craftsman

    Craftsman-style homes draw inspiration from nature and there’s no better place to showcase that than when you’re on the front porch. Door knockers made to look like plants or animals might be a good fit for a refined outdoorsy feel. A Craftsman home has plenty of wood architectural features, so try the less ornate Schlage® Addison handleset in a finish like Aged Bronze that complements those natural tones or Matte Black for some extra contrast.

     

    Craftsman door knocker and hardware pairings mood board.

    Coastal

    When you shop door knockers for your beach home, your themed options are almost endless. We like a starfish door knocker, but you’ll also find mermaids, whales and sunbursts, and they run the gamut from highly sophisticated to fully whimsical. When adding other accessories, remember that sometimes less is more and consider complementary finishes that make those individual pieces look like they were made to go together.

    Try a more modern take on coastal design with the Schlage® Century handleset and clean lines on the mailbox and porch light, but you could easily swap nickel finishes for something in the brass family or opt for more rustic accessories for a coastal farmhouse vibe instead.

    A front door renovation can make it look like you gave your whole home a facelift. By updating your door accessories – whether it’s door knockers, knobs or handlesets, a mailbox or lighting – you have the chance to welcome visitors with your unique style. Explore Schlage.com for more handleset options, or find us on Pinterest for even more front door inspiration.

     

    Modern comfort: Soft industrial style you’ll actually want to live in.

    September 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Soft industrial style | Schlage

    Some designs are perfect in theory but don’t seem to fit real life. Industrial modern design might be one of those styles. There’s a solution for this, and it’s called soft industrial décor.

     

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    We’ve all done it. We look at pictures of other people’s homes and think, “That’s gorgeous … but has anyone ever actually cooked in that kitchen?” Some designs are perfect in theory but don’t seem to fit real life. Industrial modern design might be one of those styles. Concrete floors look chic but are cold on your feet, sharp furniture corners are a safety hazard for your toddling little one and you crave a bit more warmth. There’s a solution for this, and it’s called soft industrial décor.
    Soft industrial style inspiration

    What is soft industrial décor?

    Take everything you know about industrial modern and take the edge off. Iconic elements of industrial modern like steel bookcases are softened by replacing the shelf itself with wood while keeping the metal frame. Concrete floors get area rugs. Walls that would otherwise be bare or of exposed brick feature art work to ease away from industrial modern’s minimalist vibe and add color and personalization.

     

    In other words, instead of a house constructed of exposed, weathered, factory-inspired elements, soft industrialism strives for a more lived-in look. Haven describes it as “breezy.” Super Hit Ideas uses “earthy” and “ergonomic” to differentiate it from its style cousin. And Mormon Momma calls it “comfortable” and “warm” rather than antiseptic.

    How do I create it in my house?

    You don’t have to start with industrial to achieve soft industrial. Mormon Momma suggests creating that comforting (some might say feminine) room as your foundation, and then add your favorite industrial furniture and accessories from there.

     

    Pair hard objects with soft, says interior stylist Tina Hellberg. Taken literally, that could be a steel-framed bed with a luxurious comforter. Or more figuratively, dark concrete countertops with soft-hued shiplap walls. Mixing and matching materials – steel, wood, subway tile, fabrics, glass – allows you to play with textures so that your design remains industrial without looking like a converted factory.

    If the exterior of your home is contemporary, as is the case with this home spotlighted by Remodelista, carry that style indoors to maintain cohesiveness. Then alter it to your softer tastes by adding individual touches like artwork with personal significance, a favorite throw for the sleek-lined couch or your book collection on industrial-style shelving.
    Because much of industrial design is based in minimalism, neutral colors are still key. For soft industrial, look for grays with a homier blue undertone. Or gravitate toward earthy neutrals in the brown family. Aim for the lighter and airier end of the spectrum.

    What does it really look like?

    It’s time to get specific. Try incorporating these elements in your soft industrial home.
     

    • Flowing curtains, why so many describe soft industrial design as breezy, can take the edge off a décor filled with hard lines like a concrete countertop. The same goes for bedding, pillows and other fabrics. To keep styles from clashing, stick to neutral tones and avoid patterns. Remember the simplicity of minimalism.
    • Choose artwork with fluid or wavy lines, either in the paint or sculpturally. The goal is to pull away from the precise and straight.

    • Flowers and other plants can make a home feel more lived in, something that many find lacking in typical industrial modern. Your plants’ colors can also help soften the overall look of the room.

    • When choosing furniture, think about fabrics in lighter colors. A light gray, especially if it mimics the color of your walls, can help maintain the monochromatic scheme important to industrial style, but it keeps the room from feeling heavy.

    • How do you soften a bathroom, which is already filled with metal finishes and cold tile? Remember the importance of soft lines and choose bathtubs or sinks with curves. You can also lay tilework with an artistic flair that contrasts with – and tones down – the modern industrial pieces you do have.

    What about those doors?

    We wouldn’t be Schlage if we didn’t give some advice about entryway décor and interior door hardware. For your home’s exterior, a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt offers superior security and, in the Century trim in Matte Black finish, makes a perfect match for homes with modern architecture.

     

    Handlesets are another popular option when upgrading locks for your front door. Maintain the contemporary feel with a Schlage Century handleset. Or for that softer look, the Schlage Greenwich handleset might be the fit for you.

    Inside, many modern industrial spaces have open floor plans, mimicking factory layouts. That openness – and lack of privacy – can cause some people to feel uneasy. Sliding doors are a good option to add that privacy, and when installed with the right hardware, keep with the industrial vibe.

    Regardless of the type of door you have – pocket, sliding, traditional – choosing the right style and finish for your door hardware can go a long way toward achieving your desired level of industrial. You have two possible routes: make your door hardware a true modern industrial element or use it to help tone down the extreme feel. The Schlage Broadway lever or Bowery knob with the Collins trim or the Schlage Northbrook lever with the Upland trim capture a more modern look.

     

    For the soft industrial look, try the Schlage Sacramento lever with Collins trim for a taste of wavy curves.

    With each of these pairings, you can’t go wrong with a Matte Black, Satin Chrome, Satin Nickel or even Polished Nickel finish . These typically fall on the modern end of the finish spectrum because of how they complement neutral-colored and minimalist spaces. Depending on the rest of your décor, they have the ability to stand out and make a statement, or to blend seamlessly to let other elements really shine.

     

    No matter how much you commit to industrial style in your home, whether you lean closer to the modern or the soft, the important thing is that you make it your own. Have fun mixing and matching the elements that capture your unique style.

     

    Follow us on social media and explore more soft industrial style on Pinterest or Instagram. And don’t forget to share photos of your own design projects with us.

     

    Green home improvement that’s easy on the eyes, environment and wallet.

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

    Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Green home ideas | Schlage

    These eight green suggestions are not only kind to the environment, but they can also help enhance your home’s style and save you money.

     

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    Going eco-friendly is a win, no matter how you look at it. These eight green suggestions are not only kind to the environment, but they can also help enhance your home’s style and save you money without a major investment in time or funds.
    Mid-century modern living room with Schlage Custom door handle.

    Solar-powered lights

    If giant solar panels aren’t in the budget, you can still let the sun – the ultimate renewable energy source – power your walkway lighting. Outdoor lighting like this has added security benefits as well. A well-lit home is less of a target for intruders.

    Butterfly- and bee-friendly plants

    “Bee” kind to the environment. Pay attention to native plant species that bees and butterflies love when planting your garden. Because these insects are attracted by brighter colors, their favorite flowers make a striking addition to your yard while also playing an important role in restoring the ecosystem.

    Shade trees

    Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard if your house isn’t taking a direct hit from the sun. Strategically placed shade trees can help keep your home cooler with less energy and less expense. Make sure you choose trees native to your area.

    Houseplants

    Houseplants are the epitome of natural home décor. Ferns and palms help purify the air, making them a win-win in the eco-friendly and style categories.

    Upcycled touches

    Can you reuse your own belongings or give new life to someone else’s? It’s a great way to show off your DIY skills and add some vintage touches to your home, regardless of whether your style is ultra-modern or classically traditional.

     

    Curbly.com has some DIY projects to get your home headed toward zero waste. We especially like creating a rain barrel for your garden, turning a bookshelf into a kitchen island and transforming empty food jars into storage containers. And speaking of storage …

    Good food storage

    When you have a good storage system, you know what you own and can use it wisely. This goes for anything – clothes, toys, crafting supplies – but it’s especially important for food. Food waste puts a huge strain on the environment. Did you know that an estimated 25% of all freshwater in the U.S. is used to produce food that is thrown away? When you can easily see what’s in your kitchen, you’re more likely to use it before it goes bad, so you’ll waste less produce and save more money.

    Smart homes

    Energy-efficient appliances – refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances, washers and dryers, water heaters – are a must if you want to make a big impact on the environment. How you manage those appliances as well as your HVAC system, lights and thermostats is equally important. When upgrading your home to be more eco-friendly, consider going smart. Choose a programmable thermostat for smart heating and cooling, easily control your lights with smart plugs and, because we’re Schlage, create the ultimate smart home automation system with smart locks for your door.

    Sustainable materials

    If you’re doing a bigger remodeling project, or even if you’re simply replacing furniture, be sure to choose sustainable materials. Look for wood that is FSC-certified and sustainably sourced for flooring, furniture and more. Also think about recycled glass and ceramic make for uniquely beautiful backsplashes, tabletops or other accents.

     

    How do you do your part for the environment? Share your eco-friendly décor solutions with us on Facebook or Instagram.

     

    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.

     

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