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    How to fix drafty doors and other energy efficient DIYs.

    January 16, 2020 8:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Energy efficient DIYs | Schlage

    Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, Schlage offers you two key temperature-control DIYs to improve your home.

     

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    When you’re trying to waste less household energy, properly heating and cooling your home is a great place to start. Mother Nature wins and so does your wallet. Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, Schlage offers you two key temperature-control DIYs to improve your home.
    DIY projects to improve energy efficiency.

    How do I fix drafty doors and windows?

    As doors and windows age, or as the weather changes, you might find gaps that let cold air in or out. Check two places for leaks. First, look between the wall and the window frame or door frame. One way to do this is by lighting a candle or a stick of incense near the window. Watch the flame or blow it out and watch the smoke. If the flame flickers or the smoke blows away, you’ve found your leak. To fix the leak, use caulking around the sash or frame on both the interior and exterior. Only calk areas that don’t need to move.

     

    Second, examine those areas that do need to move, like around a window’s rail and sash. With windows, give them a little shake. If you hear it rattling around, the seal is not doing its job and keeping out the draft. To test a door, take a dollar bill or piece of paper and close the door with it underneath. If you can pull the paper out easily, the seal is weak or insufficient. Repeat the test above the door and near the hinges as well.

     

    When it comes to doors, you may be able to stop the leak by fixing the door alignment. This is a great way to also improve your security. Once your door is properly aligned, apply weather stripping to block the remaining draft. On the sides and above the door, use foam tape. Underneath the door, you may need to install a door sweep.

     

    A door sweep is usually a metal strip attached to the bottom of the door with a rubber or bristled strip below that. This second piece is what blocks air, dirt and moisture. Lowe’s offers a handy tutorial and more tips on which kind of weather stripping you might need for your door.

     

    For windows, there are also window insulation kits and insulation film. This film also comes in a kit and can be installed on the window’s interior or exterior. Some people claim bubble wrap is just as effective and costs less, but we like that the film doesn’t obstruct your views. Apartment Therapy’s guide to installing window insulation film shows how simple this DIY task can be.

     

    Be sure to inspect all entryways, including side or garage entry doors, and basement entrances. Once you have the windows in the main living area covered, check those in the basement and attic as well. You’re now ready to check your home’s insulation for better warmth and cooling throughout the year.

    What should I insulate to keep my home warm?

    You can lose a lot of heat in the winter if your home has insulation that’s too thin or of the wrong variety. And it’s not just about insulating the walls. Heat rises, so your attic should be well-insulated to keep the warmth down where you are. Basements and crawl spaces that attract the dank and cold should also be inspected for improvement opportunities. You can add insulation to existing walls and spaces with a spray foam, so don’t be fooled into thinking you need to rip out all the drywall just for some extra warmth.

     

    Home Depot has a helpful guide on the types of insulation used in different areas of your home and the recommended rating for your climate.

     

    Some of your appliances and fixtures might also need an extra layer – just like when you put on an extra sweater. Not only will it help them work more efficiently, but it could also keep them from breaking completely. Water pipes especially can freeze and burst, creating more headaches than just a high energy bill. Pipes on an exterior wall are particularly susceptible to freezing or, at the very least, losing heat and giving you icy showers due to contact with colder surrounding air. Your water heater faces the same challenges when exposed to cold environments.

     

    To insulate water pipes, you can use traditional foam insulation, which looks a bit like a pool noodle and slides easily onto existing pipes. BobVila.com also recommends spray foam insulation or fiberglass pipe covers, depending on how hot you need the pipes to be and the climate where you live. Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket or pipe insulation to reduce heat loss by around 25 percent.

     

    Paying attention to these key areas for insulation will help to keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer without you having to pay the big bucks. Find more smart ways to save you and your home energy in our blog. There’s also plenty of other DIY and home improvement tips at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    15 DIY entryway projects you'll be glad to see each day.

    January 13, 2020 9:31 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    15 DIY Entryway Projects You'll be Glad to See Each Day | Schlage

    Creating the entryway or foyer of your dreams doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out some of our favorite DIY projects that will help you get the perfect look in no time without a big spend.

     

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    Creating the entryway or foyer of your dreams doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out some of our favorite DIY projects that will help you get the perfect look in no time without a big spend.

    Lighting

    A new light fixture can go a long way toward revamping your space. Try one of these tutorials that even a beginner can accomplish.

    Landing Strip

    No room for a real entryway? No problem! Add a small landing strip so there's always space to place your things as soon as you step inside.

    Organization

    The best way to avoid clutter is to make sure you already have a place for it before it ends up all over the house. Have an organizer for your mail, keys and other miscellaneous items you use every day.

    Boot Tray

    Stop muddy, snowy shoes in their tracks. Create a boot tray where shoes can dry out without tracking footprints all over your home.

    Storage

    If you have the space, try adding a little extra storage to hide those odds and ends. Baskets and drawers are a stylish way to do just that.

    Seating

    And as always, make sure there's a comfortable seat so you can easily take your shoes on and off. Try a creative twist like the designer below with a fallen walnut tree-turned-bench or go more traditional – and functional – with built-in organization underneath.

    What other entryway projects do you have your eye on? Read up on the six must-have elements for your foyer, then share what inspires you on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    15 DIY Entryway Projects

     

    3 times of year to save money on items for the home.

    January 10, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    When to save money on items for the home | Schlage

    Whether you’re on a tight budget or just love the thrill of a deal hunt, follow these simple rules for saving money on items for your home.

     

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    Your fridge works fine, but you’ve had your eye on a newer, more energy efficient model for a while. Should you get it now or wait to see if the prices drop? This guide can help answer that question. Whether you’re on a tight budget or just love the thrill of a deal hunt, follow these simple rules for saving money on items for your home.
    Best time of year to buy major home items graphic.

    Buy big at inventory rollover

    When manufacturers come out with a new model, stores need to reduce their inventory from the previous year. To get a great deal on appliances, especially large ones like dishwashers, washers and dryers, and refrigerators, pay attention to when new stock comes out. For most appliances, that means September or October. New refrigerators hit the stores in summer, so look for deals on the previous year’s models in August.

    Purchase out of season

    The best time to buy clothes when you’re looking to save money is when you don’t actually need them. For winter clothes, for example, shop in the spring or even as early as February when stores are preparing to swap out their inventory with the changing seasons.

     

    This general rule extends beyond clothing, though. Air conditioners may be cheapest in the winter, from October until about February. Save on snowblowers and outdoor furniture in October when, again, you’re less likely to need them immediately. Picnic supplies can be picked up on the cheap after the Fourth of July, while wrapping paper and other holiday items go on sale post-Christmas. Need a box of chocolates? Plan your purchase for between Valentine’s Day and Easter.

    Strike a holiday deal

    Some festive seasons are prime shopping time. Don’t just think Black Friday, though, when personal electronics come with some sweet deals. Labor Day tends to be a good day for items like mattresses and laptops. Memorial Day usually offers good sales on outdoor power equipment and other DIY goods like paint and wood stain.

     

    July Fourth (outdoor gear, swimwear) and Presidents’ Day (appliances, furniture) are also worth keeping an eye on. While technically not a holiday, the Super Bowl offers deals on televisions and entertainment systems, especially the day after the Big Game.

    Remember there are always exceptions

    Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule. Sometimes what you need most is on sale exactly when you need it. April is a great time for vacuum cleaners and carpet cleaners, when you have spring cleaning on the brain. You can often find good deals on lawn mowers and pressure washers right before people head outside to spruce up the yard for springtime. In the winter, expect to find good deals on elliptical trainers and treadmills in January when New Year’s resolutions are at a high.

     

    There are also some items that, if you can find a good deal, you should absolutely take advantage of it. But don’t hold off on important goods, like those that keep you and your family secure, just to save a few dollars. Durable locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety devices should be purchased and replaced, preferably before you really need them. When you do buy these items, make sure you choose those with superior quality. A deadbolt that protects your home is not an area you want to scrimp on.

     

    Find a month-by-month breakdown on the best time of year to buy items for your home at Schlage.com/blog. You can also find a thorough list with items ranging from coffee makers to sound bars to chainsaws at Consumer Reports.

     

    How to create a family command center and get organized.

    January 9, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    DIY Family Command Center Ideas | Schlage

    Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.

     

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    Whether it’s the new year, back-to-school season or you just can’t take it anymore (!), most of us could always use some help getting and staying organized. Busy times of year especially mean balancing everyone’s schedules, tracking down homework and meal planning. It’s wrangling backpacks, making sure you have a hostess gift and … where is your left shoe? Learn how to create the perfect family command center. And if you need extra help keeping the kids organized, keep reading for a few bonus hacks to make the schoolyear the best one yet.

    Bobby needs poster board for his science project on Thursday, Susie has basketball practice Tuesday night and you’re scheduled to get coffee with Jen in the morning. Not only will your command center help you manage who needs to be where and when, but with the right pieces, you’ll also remember to buy the science fair supplies ahead of time, turn in the sports waiver, and you’ll be able to find your keys to get to your java date. When everything has its own place, and it’s all in one place, mornings will run smoother and evenings can be dedicated to family time, not panic time.

    What to include

    • Dry-erase board or chalkboard: Perfect for jotting down shopping list items, messages for family members and to-do lists.

    • Post-its: In case you need to leave a message that’s a little more permanent or take it with you. Also ideal for writing encouraging notes to hide in their lunchbox.

    • Writing tools: Pens and pencils, Sharpies, dry-erase markers, chalk to take those all-important notes.

    • Corkboard or magnet board: For pinning important messages where you’ll see them or hanging your kids’ artwork for everyone to enjoy.

    • Calendar: A dry-erase or reusable monthly calendar à la Bless’er House for easy schedule updates or this DIY calendar from Babble that also adds some color.

    • Clock: To stick to your tight schedule mapped out in the command center.

    • Hanging folder system: Permission slips, mail, receipts and coupons stay contained. One slot per child helps them know where their things are.

    • Hooks: For anything and everything – purses, backpacks, coats, dog leashes, keys – so they don’t get buried under other items, never to be seen again.

    • Cubbies or baskets: Great for storing backpacks out of sight, sliding shoes out of the flow of traffic, or hiding any other items you need on hand but don’t want to stare at.

    • Bench: Ideal for entryway command centers so everyone can remove shoes before they track mud through the house.

    Where to build it

    Entryway: Everything you need to get out the door is conveniently by the door.

    Kitchen: You congregate here every day and can keep some of those items stored in a cabinet.
    Closet: Because keeping everything contained is the name of the game.
    Nook: Turn that awkward space into something useful for once.
    Gallery wall: Everyone can see it, so there are no excuses for forgetting a chore.

    Organizational hacks for a smooth and simple schoolyear

    • If you’re like most parents of busy kids, you’re also part shuttle bus driver. Keep your car organized with over-the-seat pockets or bins. We can’t guarantee it will keep the Cheerios out of the seat crannies, but at least the kids will know where to find the snacks and travel games.

    • Especially before the start of the schoolyear, and even throughout, purge clothes and craft supplies. You’ll clear out unnecessary clutter and have a better idea of what you need to buy for the first day.

    • Making healthy meals can be tough when you’re busy. Good Housekeeping suggests a lunchbox cupboard and storing sandwich fixings together for easy meal prep.

    • Designate or build a homework station. It’ll help keep your kids focused and all their supplies will be contained in one convenient location without taking over the dinner table.

    • If you need your little one to stick to a routine but they can’t read yet, create an illustrated schedule. Pictures of a toothbrush, apple and moon can help them learn when to get ready for the day, have lunch and go to bed. Place the pictures on a clock where the numbers would be.

    Find more stylish and convenient solutions from Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Before and after: Our favorite 2019 home remodels in photos.

    December 30, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 30, 2019

    2019 best home remodels | Schlage

    We’re saying goodbye to 2019 with 10 of our favorite porch and room renovations from the last year.

     

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    Rags to riches, beast to beauty, outdated to awesome. Who doesn’t love before-and-after photos of home makeovers? We’re saying goodbye to 2019 with 10 of our favorite porch and room renovations from the last year.

    1. Earthy + Classic = Unbelievable

    Bathroom by Jenna Sue Design Co.

    Goodbye, all white. Hello, all-star bathroom! Jenna Sue’s transformation proves that rich colors are just what the doctor ordered, even in small spaces. The Schlage Custom™ Hobson glass knob is the perfect complement for her vintage floor tile. And the Matte Black finish of the door hardware and faucet play splendidly off the other gold fixtures.

     

    2. Simple updates make all the difference

    Hallway by @malcolmsimmons

    Kitchens and bedrooms get all the attention. Updating a small hallway can have a massive impact, too Take this upgrade by @malcolmsimmons. Just add new flooring, updated door hardware and lighting, and we have a brighter, airier space. It even makes the bathroom look like new!

     

    3. Who doesn’t love a good before and after?

    Bathroom by @vikhousetohome

    We couldn’t be more impressed seeing this bathroom go from outdated striped wallpaper to traditional beauty. And check out that Schlage Georgian door knob with Addison trim. The Antique Pewter finish of the door hardware and gold-toned fixtures on and around the sink show the right way to mix metals.

     

    4. Deliciously amazing

    Kitchen by @prettyhandygirl

    All we can say is, “Oh my!” From a construction-zone before to a polished after, complete with the Schlage Custom Hobson glass door knob and Century trim in Matte Black, this room by @prettyhandygirl has us feeling inspired.

     

    5. Is this even the same room?

    Bathroom by @prettyhandygirl

    You can’t help but stare when a home remodel looks this good. We wouldn’t have wanted to even attempt getting clean in here before, but after? Yes, please! Just like on her kitchen pantry in No. 5, @prettyhandygirl used the Schlage Hobson glass door knob and Century trim in Matte Black to complement the high-contrast tilework.

     

    6. A front portico that never gets old

    Front porch by @elkins.com

    Where should we start? The beachy colors? The new pillars? Those sharp house numbers? The Schlage Century handleset in Matte Black? This transformation is a lesson in bringing your front entryway into modern class. Consider us schooled.

     

    7. It’s amazing what paint and new hardware can do

    Front door by @shealinashley

    When we saw this, we called them liars. There’s no way that’s the same door! But that just goes to show what a massive difference a coat of paint and the Schlage Century handleset can make. The layered doormats that complement the gray door also add a modern touch.

     

    8. Won’t you be my neighbor

    Front porch by @househomemade

    @househomemade certainly made her friend’s porch feel more welcoming. Plants give it a homier vibe. The lighter, more colorful front door helps the other décor pop. And new hardware – lighting and door – provides a finished look that’s both stylish and functional. We love what she’s done with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. This is curb appeal done right!

     

    9. Going keyless and gorgeous

    Garage by The DIY Playbook

    Because we often store high-value items in our garages – tools, cars, bikes – it makes sense that you’d want a secure lock like this Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt to protect them. And even though we tend to focus on the functionality of a garage rather than its beauty, there’s no excuse for hardware to be anything but easy on the eyes. Blogger Casey hit the style note with the Schlage Bowery knob with Century trim in Matte Black finish.

     

    10. Style on the side

    Side entrance by Four Generations One Roof

    You’ll stop overlooking that side entrance when you see what Jessica has done here. The improvement from the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and a few accessories is so significant, we bet she won’t even notice anymore the nicks in the door she mentions. We’d love to come home to that every day.

     

    See more style makeovers when you follow Schlage on Instagram.

     

    10 Before & After Home Remodels

     

    Warm your winter with these upcycled door hardware DIYs.

    December 23, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 23, 2019

    Upcycled glass door knobs | Schlage

    Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday or simply love the winter season, here are five ways to get your home décor ready for winter.

     

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    “Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.” —Thomas De Quincy, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

     

    You don’t need raging wind and rain, or even chilly weather, for these DIY projects using reclaimed door hardware. You don’t need much of a reason at all, if you ask us. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday or simply love the winter season, here are five ways to get your home décor ready for winter.

    Give an old knob a new look

    Upcycled door knobs, especially those with flat faces, make a great base for a variety of items. Wedding Chicks turned theirs into flower vases. Imagine these with some seasonal flora like sprigs of holly or a Christmas rose. You could also use the same tutorial but use the “vases” as candlestick holders (just make sure the base is stable if you’re going to light the candles). We can envision this DIY décor in a variety of homes, no matter the holiday or time of year.

    If you love getting greeting cards but are never sure how to display them, this one’s for you. Crafty Goodies made photo and card holders from old door knobs, wire and a bit of hot glue. Place them on a side table, fireplace mantel, window sill or all of the above. Don’t feel like you have to pack these away at the end of the season, either. They’re a great option for showing off family photos or birthday cards year-round.
    There are lots of great tutorials out there for turning old door knobs into tree stands for a tiny forest. We love their versatility – they work great on tabletops or mantels, dusted with fake snow or in nontraditional colors with glitter for more whimsy. Another option is this tree made out of glass door knobs and a Styrofoam cone. They also used tiny lights to make it glow from the inside-out, guaranteed to make your winter a shining success.
    Bonus tip: Try this door knob-turned-coat rack tutorial from Turning It Home, but place it on your mantel or mount it wherever you wish you had a fireplace. It’s perfect for hanging those stockings with care.

    Make squeaky hinges sing

    This reclaimed hardware Christmas tree from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion uses door hinges instead of knobs. Part funky, part rustic and totally fun, all you need is some vintage-looking hinges, glue and something to mount it all on. Swap out different hinge styles based on your taste, maybe spray paint them if you’re looking for a certain color scheme and be prepared to tell all your guests about the simple and stylish DIY holiday décor you’ve mastered.

    Find the key to a beautiful season

    Handmade décor opens a world of possibilities when you want to create something with personal meaning. This DIY key ornament is a perfect example. Simply choose a key from your childhood home, the first house you bought or anywhere else with personal significance, pick out some paint and other embellishments, and get crafting. We’re sure it will look great in your own home or as a thoughtful gift for someone else’s.

    There are plenty more ideas where these came from. Follow us on Pinterest for inspiration this holiday season or any time of year, or check out our archives for more ways to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

     

    6 DIY holiday door décor ideas to make your season bright.

    December 20, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 20, 2019

    DIY holiday door decor | Schlage

    At Schlage, we obviously love door knobs, so here are six door hanger ideas to make a smaller but equally stylish splash this winter.

     

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    Holiday wreaths are always a popular choice for front door décor. But what if you want to shake things up? And what about your interior doors? At Schlage, we obviously love door knobs, so here are six door hanger ideas to make a smaller but equally stylish splash this winter.

    Fresh rosemary wreath » Me and My Insanity

    Craft something that looks as good as it smells with these herby wreaths. Kendra and her daughters used rosemary because of its availability – it’s a great option for warmer climates where you might not be able to find evergreen plants – but you could use other herbs like bay leaves or thyme as well. Even better, their versatility makes them great décor for door handles as well as the backs of chairs, windows or at place settings for the holiday meal.

    Horseshoe happiness » Sjarmerende jul

    All the way from Norway, this idea fits farmhouse and rustic styles to a T. Affix some cranberries – fresh or artificial – to a horseshoe, hang with a ribbon and enjoy your luck throughout the holiday season.

    Jingle bell door hanger » Honey We’re Home

    It would be simple to just string a ribbon through some bells and call it a day. We wouldn’t blame you if you did, and Real Simple shows how great it can look. But for a little extra glitz, pair some shining jingle bells with a matching bangle bracelet that’s both functional and stylish. Looks, and sounds, good to us.

    Popsicle stick snowman door hanger » Happy Home Fairy

    This one’s perfect for the kids. They can craft their snowman, then show off their handywork on their own bedroom door. It does involve a hot glue gun, so adult supervision – think of it as bonding – is a must.

    Evergreen door knob hangers » The Home Depot

    Five ingredient recipes are great. Two-supply holiday crafts are even better. All you absolutely need for this one is ribbon and some tree scraps. You can get more decorative by adding a bell, ornaments or other embellishments, but simple is beautiful as well.

    Pinecone door hanger » HGTV

    This tutorial says to gather six to 18 pinecones, but that would be a bit much to hang from your knob or lever. Stick to fewer, smaller pinecones and a ribbon with a loop at the top for perfect miniature door décor. Imagine how gorgeous it would look, too, if you carried this DIY throughout the house with bundles of varying sizes as front door décor, placed in front of mirrors or hanging from porch railings.

    Find more festive décor inspiration on our Pinterest board or get holiday design ideas for every type of door in our blog archive.

     

    DIY door decor ideas.

     

    Faux mantelpieces that deliver real holiday warmth.

    December 17, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Faux mantelpiece ideas | Schlage

    Here is a simple three-step process and tons of inspiration to help you create a faux mantelpiece in your home, whether it’s for the holidays, another season or any random Wednesday.

     

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    Your kids are asking how Santa will deliver presents if you don’t have a chimney. (Answer: Tell them you gave him an access code to your Schlage smart lock.) Your question is where you’re going to hang the stockings with care when you don’t have a mantelpiece. Here is a simple three-step process and tons of inspiration to help you create a faux mantelpiece in your home, whether it’s for the holidays, another season or any random Wednesday.

    Step 1: Choose your frame

    Some common options for a faux mantel are floating shelves, the frame of a traditional fireplace mantelpiece and built-ins cabinets that give the illusion of a hearth. There’s also fabric or an upcycled headboard. See what we’re talking about with some of these examples.

    Shades of Blue Interiors shows how simple and charming a floating shelf or row of coat hooks can be. Don’t think you have to put those hooks in a foyer, either. They’ll fit wherever you want the holiday joy.
    Whether you build your own fireplace frame or find one in a salvage yard, this option gives you the illusion of a hearth without the maintenance. Rogue Engineer shares full plans to make your own on their website.
    Stylish and functional, Ana White shows you how to make a faux fireplace with hidden built-in cabinets on the side. The mantel is perfect for holiday stockings, but the shelving never goes out of season.
    We love how salvaged wood creates this rustic faux fireplace. It’s definitely a conversational piece.
    More storage? Yes, please. Handmade Haven shows you how to make your own, from the mantel all the way down to that deep drawer.
    A few strips of leather and a branch is all you need for this mantel. Sure, you can’t display your collection of nutcrackers on it, but there’s something attractive about the minimalist and natural look. You can even hang this everything from Command hooks, perfect for when you want something less permanent.

    Step 2: Pick an insert

    When you aren’t burning wood in your “fireplace,” you can put whatever you want in the hearth. It doesn’t have to be an electric fire – unless you’re craving the warmth – so get creative. Stick with a flame theme and display beautiful candles or go earthy with plants.

    This before-and-after mantle bookshelf from Design Sponge is ideal for any time of year. During the holidays, go crazy and display ALL the snow globes. In summer, make it family vacation photos. Or, of course, fill it with books.
    Any time you’re considering rustic or farmhouse décor, you can’t go wrong by consulting Joanna Gaines. This insert of flower baskets is a nice alternative to regular potted plants sitting on the floor. And think how simple it would be to transform the holidays with poinsettias and red ribbons instead of daisies and pink.
    A chalkboard lets you have any kind of fire you want, and you never have to worry about the kids or pets hurting themselves. Caught in Grace perfectly shows how this option lets you have some fun with a hand-drawn holiday “fire” or keep it classic with a literal blank slate.
    Let’s be honest. Liz Marie’s doggo is a highlight here for us. But if you love the vintage or distressed look, especially when capturing the nostalgia of Christmas, this might be the one for you, too.
    A holiday-themed fireplace insert that isn’t greenery or candles? Alice Wingerden turned hers into an Advent calendar with little more than Command hooks, wire and some tiny clothes pins. Stylish, simple and, for many families, meaningful.

    Step 3: Finish with décor

    At holiday time, how to decorate might be obvious: stockings, wreaths, miniature trees, seasonal candles. At other times of the year, or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this is a great place to show off your beautiful family photos, display unique artwork or give people a taste of your unique style.

    A wreath over the mantel is pretty traditional. We won’t knock it, but From My Front Porch to Yours gives this treatment of wreaths a unique twist.
    Here’s an example of how you can style a floating shelf as a faux mantel. Hooks below hold up the single strand of garland, but the star of the show is really up top. It’s the perfect platform for displaying your favorite holiday décor.
    What makes this mantel decor from Sustain My Craft Habit unique is that everything is homemade. A greeting card holder made out of an old frame, upcycled sweater stockings, wine cork stars, driftwood trees … all handcrafted with love for a rustic look personalized to your family.
    If you were wondering how you were supposed to decorate a piano top as a Christmas mantel, this one’s for you. The dark piano is the perfect backdrop for those white stockings.
    This gold sunburst has more of a modern vibe and complements the colors in the candlesticks and nutcrackers. The accessories Coco Kelley used trend toward minimalism and are accentuated by the monochromatic scheme.

    The holiday season is filled with family tradition. There’s also no better time to use your home to tell the story of who you are. Pay homage to your heritage while also showing what makes you unique with inspiration from Schlage Pinterest.

     

    Faux mantelpiece ideas from Schlage.

     

    How to create a memorable holiday key ornament.

    December 11, 2019 8:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    How to Create a Memorable Holiday Key Ornament

    Try a Christmas craft that's both fun and sentimental. Find out how to take one of your most beloved memories and create a holiday key ornament.

     

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    Ready or not, Christmas will be here before we know it. Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a loved one or trying to get in the holiday spirit with some at-home crafts, this DIY key ornament can add that special touch. Here's how you can create your own in less than 10 minutes.

    Step one

    First, let's make sure you have all the right supplies. Select a key with meaning. A few ideas include your childhood home, first apartment or purchased home, first business location - anything! Just make sure you’ve either made a copy, no longer need it or have a smart lock in place before using it for your ornament.

    Step two

    Next, you will need spray adhesive and glitter of your choice. If glitter is not your thing, you could also paint your key. Just choose your favorite color spray paint and follow the same steps below.

     

    Spray adhesive, glitter and key for DIY ornament supplies.

    Step three

    Coat your key with the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area until it’s totally covered on one side. Let it rest a few seconds to get tacky. Then pour on the glitter. Once the first side is dry, repeat on the other side. This shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes.
     

    House key painted with glitter.

    Step four

    While your key is drying, locate a photo of your house, another ornament, beads, ribbon, whatever personalized elements you’d like to include in your key ornament.
     

    DIY glitter house key ornament.

    Step five

    Once the key is dry, thread a ribbon through the keyhole and any other elements you’ve selected. Then hang on the tree! You’ve captured memories that will be celebrated for years to come.

     

    DIY glitter house key ornament hanging on tree.

     

     

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    Repurpose household items for an instant winter mudroom.

    November 12, 2019 11:51 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Winter mudroom | Schlage

    Low on time, space and money to create a mudroom before the holidays? Use these ideas to repurpose common items found in your home for the perfect winter mudroom.

     

     

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    Do a Pinterest search for mudrooms and you’ll find some amazing multipurpose spaces. For those of us who don’t have the square footage or budget to re-create those looks, how can we add a mudroom economically and realistically given your floor plan? And how can we get it done before Thanksgiving and holiday guests arrive?
    Winter mudroom accessories and items.
    If you’re looking to create a mudroom on a small or non-existent budget, or if you only have a day to make a change, try these simple and stylish tips for repurposing items you probably already have in the house. Who says you need to go to a yard sale to upcycle?

    Upcycled door knobs » Hooks

    Flex your DIY muscle by repurposing old door knobs. They can be attached directly to walls or mounted for a unique coat rack. Use smaller cabinet pulls to hang things like keys and dog leashes. And don’t forget to place a few hooks closer to the ground so the kids can hang up their own coats.

    Occasional table » Landing strip

    That small table to drop your keys, mail and phone when you walk in the door doesn’t have to be specifically designed for an entryway. Try an end table from the living room, a nightstand from the bedroom or a narrow buffet table from the dining room. Be sure to choose one that is small enough that it doesn’t obstruct the flow of foot traffic but large enough to allow you to put out a few holiday decorations.

    Bar cart » Shelves

    A bar cart or this popular cart from IKEA opens a world of possibilities. Multiple shelves help keep things organized, and it’s no sweat if you need to move it around or out of the way when guests come for Thanksgiving dinner. Use it as a landing strip or place it inside a coat closet for some instant shelving.

    Don’t want to give up your bar cart for winter storage? Showcase your style by decorating it for the fall season.

    Patio furniture » Bench

    It’s always helpful to have a place to sit while removing winter boots. Consider moving patio furniture indoors, especially if you have a stylish little love seat. You can tailor it for the season by switching out the cushions or adding a throw blanket. Some of these ideas from BobVila.com will revitalize furniture, both indoors and out.

    Shoe rack » Boot tray

    Boot trays are great because they can keep puddles contained. But if all you have is a basic shoe rack from your closet, that will work too. Just throw a mat underneath to absorb any drips. You might not want to loan your shoe rack to the mudroom full time, but it’s a convenient quick fix for when you have company over.

    T-shirt rug » Doormat or boot mat

    This DIY braided T-shirt rug solves two problems at once. Purge the closet of T-shirts you never wear and turn them into a colorful mat. People can wipe their feet when they come in or you can place one under a shoe rack to protect the floor from dripping boots.

    Shoe pocket organizer » Cubbies in an existing closet

    Building shelves, adding lockers and installing built-in cabinetry is gorgeous, but it can be expensive. Even DIY options are a major time investment for most people. If you have a coat closet or pantry in your entryway, try an inexpensive over-the-door shoe pocket organizer instead. Then tuck hats and mittens, dog leashes and waste bags, slippers and dry socks, or keys in each slot.

    Closet hanging organizer » Shelves in an existing closet

    Another instant cubby option is hanging shelves often found at most organization and home improvement stores. Instead of jeans and sweaters, stash anything else you might need to get out the door quickly. You can even assign a shelf to each member of the family.

    Upcycled crates » Shelves

    If you’re a regular orchard-goer or crafter, you might have some spare wooden crates on hand. The smaller and lighter boxes can be mounted directly to the wall for eclectic shelving. They’re also easy to customize by painting and positioning them in unique ways. You might also find you like them stacked as a bookshelf if you’d rather not hang them.

    Decorative waste basket or large planter » Umbrella stand

    When autumn rains and winter snows fall, contain dripping umbrellas where they won’t leave a puddle and you can still leave them unfurled to dry. A tall container can also be used to corral hockey sticks and other sporting equipment.

    Get more ideas for how to unlock the décor potential of your foyer or mudroom on the Schlage blog.

     

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