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    9 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas.

    April 26, 2019 5:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

     

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    The art of porching is quickly coming back in style with many homeowners creating a space that is both an extension of their style and perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

    1. Add a comfy seat

    The perfect front porch starts with a comfy place to sit. Although patio furniture can be pricey, there's plenty of DIY inspiration across the web to help you get the perfect look for the right budget. We're especially loving this DIY outdoor daybed for starters.

    DIY outdoor patio furniture
    If you need an even more budget-friendly idea, use your existing furniture – maybe with new cushions – and pay special attention to placement. Group chairs on the same side of the door, for example. One on each side might create a more symmetrical look, but it’s not very practical for conversation seating.

    2. Upcycle unique planters

    Head to your local re-sale store or even your garage or attic to find a unique piece that can act as a new planter. We love this idea from DIY Network that uses an old tricycle to display succulents in this outdoor space.

    Unique planter ideas
    Get in the spring spirit with recycled rubber boot planters. As you can see in this Good Housekeeping gallery, they’re colorful as well as versatile. Set them on the porch, hang them from the door in place of a wreath or decorate an otherwise plain fence.

    3. Create DIY planters

    If the vintage look isn't quite your style, try building your own unique planter instead. We're loving this hexagon planter idea from The Home Depot.

    DIY wood planter
    If you want to be friendly to your bank account and the environment, check out some biodegradable options for planters, especially great for starting seeds, from Preparedness Mama. Then transfer them to one of these repurposed items (a book?!), inspired by The Spruce.

    4. Brighten the front door

    There's no better way to say goodbye to winter than with a fresh coat of bright paint on your front door. This project can be completed in a single afternoon. It's an easy way to give yourself a cheerful welcome every day. Check out our door painting tips to make this project as easy as possible.

    Bright front door paint colors

    If you love the idea of a bright door but are afraid to pull the trigger on something too bold, consider these tips for “colorful neutrals” from the April 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens:
     

    • Choose blues with soft gray undertones. Light to medium shades provide a touch of color to escape the dull.

    • Try clay-like colors – terra-cotta for example – to hint at pink without feeling like you’re at a baby shower. Think earth tones with a touch of rosiness.

    • Dark green can be surprisingly neutral. Green in general compliments other colors, so when you go dark, it sets the stage for other elements to pop. Consider a deep green with lighter wood accents, such as those made of pine.

    5. Refresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset or smart lock in the perfect finish. Take some time to clean your hardware or swap an outdated set for a new style that better complements your front door. Check out our Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration.

    Front door deadbolt and handleset

    6. Hang a $25 spring wreath

    A spring wreath that's affordable and easy to make? Sign us up! We love the look of this spring wreath from Life by Anastasia as much as we love the price tag on this project. Be sure to check out our Accessorize Your Door board on Pinterest for plenty of DIY wreath inspiration.

    DIY front door wreath
    If you’re hoping for something other than a wreath, you’re in luck. And if you’re looking for another upcycling project, you’re even luckier. Try Addicted 2 Decorating’s umbrella “basket.” Fill an umbrella – clear or colorful – with some of your favorite tall flowers or branches to liven up your door.

    7. Have fun with fabrics

    Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t still have plush fabrics. You’ll want to make sure they’ll still hold up to the elements, but adding cushions, rugs and even drapes are an inexpensive way to bring new color and texture to your porch. Get the details on these indoor/outdoor drapes, courtesy of our friends at HGTV.

    Front porch decor ideas

    8. Hang plants somewhere new

    Have a little fun with your plant placement by creating an arrangement that hangs from the ceiling of your porch rather than the perimeter. This hanging basket arrangement from Country Living adds the perfect amount of personality to this front porch retreat.

    Front porch hanging plants
    If you don’t have a covered porch that allows for hanging arrangements, think about adding latticework for climbing plants like ivy, morning glory, Virginia creeper or climbing hydrangea.

    9. Re-arrange

    You may already have everything you need for the perfect front porch atmosphere. Try re-arranging your furniture, accessories and decor to give the front of your home a fresh new feel. We love this list of 15 ways to arrange your front porch from How to Decorate.

    Patio furniture
    We want to see your front porch style! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Instagram feed!

    15 DIY projects for the ultimate spring curb appeal.

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

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    DIY spring curb appeal | Schlage

    Give your home the ultimate curb appeal with these 15 tips, ranging from trimming your hedges to installing crown molding around your door to updating your mailbox.

     

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    Springtime is the perfect time to get outside not just for fun, but also for making your home look as welcoming as you want it to feel. Give your home the ultimate curb appeal with these 15 tips, ranging from trimming your hedges to installing crown molding around your door to updating your mailbox.

    Grow

    1. Tidy up your existing landscaping. This could mean removing yard debris left over from winter. You might trim the hedges, which can have the added bonus of improving the security around your home. Or maybe it’s pruning flowers to make way for new ones or encourage new growth on your perennials.

    2. Fill in the gaps of your landscaping. If there’s a bed that looks particularly bare, add some visually interesting greenery. Don’t be afraid to play with colors, heights and textures.

    3. Keep it contained and colorful with a vibrant window box, container garden near your door or hanging flowers around your porch. Southern Living has some tips for gorgeous pots for your porch.

    Walk

    1. Repair or add pavers leading to your front door. It’s a touch that welcomes every guest. Plus, it benefits you by keeping shoes clean and mud-free in the house. There’s a range of materials to fit your taste and the style of your home – flagstone, brick, wood or even pea gravel and stone.

    2. When replacing a walkway or installing one from scratch, don’t get trapped into thinking it has to be a straight path. Interesting shapes and designs can add a lot to your curb appeal and keep you looking anything but cookie cutter. Find inspiration from these before-and-after shots from HGTV.

    3. If you have a fence you’re thinking of replacing, either along a path or on the perimeter of your yard, consider box hedges or other fence-like plants as an alternative.

    Open

    1. You can always replace your front door or add a screen door. But if an entirely new door isn’t in the budget or your DIY skillset, simply paint it. A new color can transform the look not only of the door itself, but the entire front of your house. Bonus tip: Before you get started, make sure your HOA doesn’t have restrictions on color.

    2. Small in size but big in impact, updating your door hardware can change the look of your entryway in a hurry. Schlage offers a variety of designs and finishes to compliment the style of any home, and with a range of deadbolts from mechanical to electronic, they also fit your family’s security needs. For front doors, check out Schlage’s popular handlesets and smart locks.

    3. Depending on the style of your home, Better Homes & Gardens suggests going a step farther by adding some architectural detail like trim or crown molding. There’s no need to do the entire house either. Simply add this touch at the entryway, and your front door will go from boring to brilliant.

    Live

    1. With new lights, you can change your curb appeal at night, not something we often think about. Strategically placed lighting – along walkways, surrounding your porch, on your garage or driveway – can illuminate your home’s best architectural details. A well-lit home is also an inexpensive way to improve security.

    2. No matter where your mailbox is – at the curb or by your door – a little sprucing might be in order. Paint it to compliment the new style of your front door, redo the house numbers or add a name plaque.

    3. Because of its sheer size, your garage door might be the most eye-catching piece of the curb appeal puzzle. Make sure it’s eye-catching for the right reasons. Whether you opt to paint it or replace it altogether, think about garage doors in a contrasting color to the rest of the house. Take a cue from Remodelaholic. This is your chance to turn them into a legitimate architectural feature, not just have them blend in with their surroundings.

    Relax

    1. If you’re going to relax on your front porch, you better have a comfy place to sit. Rocking chairs, couches, swings and even hammocks are the kind of touches that say to guests, “Come and stay awhile.”

    2. Wreaths work in any season, but if you’re ready to retire them until Christmas, you have other options for decorating your door. Hang a basket with some of your favorite flowers, wood cutouts to match the season or a simple chalkboard that you can change from “Welcome” to “Happy Easter” to “Summer Fun Lives Here” are fun and stunning alternatives.

    3. Want to make a bigger architectural impact? New porch columns – they don’t even have to be load-bearing – could be in your future.

    How do you showcase your home’s curb appeal? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

    A simple checklist to jump start your exterior spring cleaning projects.

    April 9, 2019 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    A Simple Checklist to Jump Start Your Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects | Schlage

    Tackle these DIY spring cleaning projects to get your home working and looking its best in the new season.

     

     

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    Take a deep breath of fresh air, feel the sun on your face and … is that a leaky gutter? The exterior of your house may have taken a hit this winter. Tackle these DIY spring cleaning projects to get your home working and looking its best in the new season.
    Grey garage door with Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Lever

    checkbox Refresh your front door

    The curb appeal of your home can really take a beating during the long winter months. Take a look at your front door. Are there any dings or scrapes that could use a touch up? Any wear and tear that needs to be addressed? Consider giving it a vibrant pop with a fresh coat of paint. HGTV has a fantastic gallery of some of the season’s most popular colors for your front door.

     

    While you’re doctoring up your entryway, think about updating your door hardware, too. This might mean a simple style upgrade with one of Schlage’s handlesets, available in a wide variety of designs and finishes to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Want something high tech? Go for the keyless convenience of a smart lock.

    checkbox Wash off the front porch

    After all the snow and ice from a long winter have melted, you'll often find a mess of dirt, salt and even the last of fall's leaves littering your porch and steps. Make sure none of it tracks in to your home by brushing it off with a broom and spraying it down with a garden hose.

    Colonial style home with large front porch and walkway

    checkbox Repair walkways

    Particularly if you live in a region with extreme weather, your front walkway might need some extra attention. Address any cracked concrete on the patio or sidewalk. Spring is for tiptoeing through the tulips, not tripping on the pavers.

    checkbox Add a new welcome mat and wreath

    Over time, your welcome mat is sure to attract a lot of dirt and grime. Make your front door entry even more welcoming with a fresh new welcome mat. One popular technique is to layer a typical mat over a larger outdoor rug. The extra attention to detail can lift the look of your entire entryway. Tie it all together with a cute new wreath.

    Purple front door with succulent wreath and Schlage deadbolt and keyed lever.

    checkbox Plant flowers

    Nothing says spring like freshly bloomed flowers! Whether it’s beds or pots, start your seedlings or find plant varieties that can survive a late overnight freeze, just to be safe. If cold weather could still be in the forecast, more durable flowers, like pansies, will hold up even when temperatures unexpectedly drop overnight. They're also affordable, leaving you the option to replace with a warm-weather plant when summer arrives.

     

    Need some inspiration? Check out these 10 container garden ideas from our friends at Lowe's. There are also tons of DIY upcycling projects for turning unconventional items into cute planters while also reducing waste.

    checkbox Prepare your yard and flower beds

    Your flower bed can become a magnet for leaves and debris during the winter. Be sure to clear them out so your hard work after planting new greenery can shine. And don’t forget to take a few minutes and a pair of scissors to remove any brown or dead bushes and ornamental grasses that may be lingering from seasons past.

     

    Make sure your irrigation system is ready as well. Check for leaky outdoor faucets or cracked hoses, and make sure your sprinklers are still functioning effectively and efficiently. This is a good chance to take advantage of outdoor home automation with smart sprinklers.

    checkbox Check roof, siding, foundation for signs of wear and tear

    Curb appeal shouldn't be your only concern when spring arrives! Be sure to assess the structure of your roof, siding and foundation for any necessary repairs. Missing slats or bricks are obvious problems for both walls and chimneys, but water stains can also be a sign of bigger issues. Stains might also mean you have water getting into the house somewhere, so be sure to identify the source and solve the problem quickly.

     

    Don’t forget about critter damage. Carpenter ants, termites, and burrowing or nesting wildlife can wreak havoc on your home’s structure as well.

    White front door with Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    checkbox Clear debris from gutters

    Before spring showers start taking their toll, be sure to clear your gutters of any leaves or debris to ensure proper drainage. Backed up gutters can cause unnecessary damage to your home.

    checkbox Repair windows

    Go beyond just washing your windows with this spring cleaning. Check for leaks and gaps in the framework. Your air conditioner and energy bill will thank you. You’re not paying to cool the whole neighborhood, are you?!

    checkbox Bring out the grill, patio furniture and enjoy!

    If deck boards are warped or splintered, or if nails are sticking up, replace them to keep feet healthy and happy during warm-weather fun. Once that’s done, a good power wash might be in order. If you have a wood deck, you probably won’t regret staining and resealing it, too.

     

    A deck is so much more than just a bunch of boards, though. Wash your outdoor furniture, maybe replace some chair cushions and make sure your grill is ready to go. Before you get cooking, make sure the grill is clean and, if it’s gas, check for clogs and leaks in the hoses. You’ll be ready for outdoor entertaining before you know it.

     

    For more ways to make your home smart, stylish and spring-ready, visit Schlage.com. And if the inside of your house needs some TLC, say goodbye to winter with this interior spring cleaning checklist. Be sure to share what spring projects you’re prioritizing on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Simple French door makeovers that say “Ooh la la!”

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

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Bedroom with traditional french doors

    Whether you’re looking for easy painting or décor ideas, these tips will bring your French Doors to life.

     

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    Traditional bedroom french doors with multi-window panes and ornate door hardware.

    French doors. They’re timeless and elegant. They can also be surprisingly versatile, working on interior and exterior entryways, in all types of homes and with any design taste. They’re the perfect canvas for stylish details, whether you’re updating existing interior French doors or considering adding new ones to your home. Here are some tips to help you capture your unique style with an easy door makeover.

     

    If you think French doors are just for traditional homes, think again. Yes, they go great in homes that have an antique flair, transom windows – those small panes framed above the door – and intricate woodwork. But they can also work well in more modern homes. If you’re looking for a more contemporary or minimalist look, try French doors with a single, uninterrupted pane of glass.

    Window dressing

    All French doors have top-to-bottom windows. It’s their defining characteristic and what makes them “French.” What you do with that glass can really change the look of a room.

     

    French doors let in extra light and make a room feel larger, which is a major appeal. For times when you want a bit more privacy, especially on interior doors, you still have tons of options. Hang draperies on the doors themselves or around them like you would a window, blinds or even shutters. If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, use a stencil and paint directly on the glass to create an eye-catching design. For something less permanent, take a page from Two Twenty One's book and simply line the panels with some decorative paper. This is especially great if you like to change the décor with the seasons. Think Christmas paper in winter and floral prints in the spring.

    Modern office with french doors leading to outdoor patio.

    Schlage switch

    While you’re adding decoration to the door, how about switching out your door hardware? Schlage has some helpful tips for choosing the right hardware and locks for your French doors depending on the level of security you’re looking for. For interior doors, you might be particularly interested in non-turning, also known as dummy or inactive, door knobs or levers. These are purely decorative and won’t lock or latch, an ideal option for transitions between a master suite and a large closet.

     

    Schlage offers countless combinations of styles and finishes, so you can coordinate your hardware to the style of your home. Just as the French doors themselves can fit in any style of home, our wide selection of knobs and levers means you’ll find a look that suits your style.

    Kitchen with multi-pane french doors.

    Painted beauty

    When you remove your old knobs and levers is a great time to paint. There are two ways you can go – neutral colors that create a subtle transition from one room to the other or bold hues that turn your interior French doors into a can’t-miss statement piece.

     

    If painting French doors with all that glass and framed detail seems daunting, check out this tape-free tip from Bless’er House.

     

    French doors can have a major impact on the overall look of a room. To make the biggest statement, don’t forget the details. Something as simple as stylish curtains or a new door knob can take your look to the next level and have you feeling elegant and sophisticated in no time.

     

    If you need more inspiration, check out some of these budget-friendly French door makeovers from our blogger friends . Then show us how you put your personal touch on your French doors on Instagram or Pinterest.

     

    Sweeten up your front door décor for Valentine’s Day.

    January 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Valentines Day - Front door wreath

    Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.”

     

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    We say it all the time – your front door makes an instant first impression. It’s no different on Valentine’s Day, so use it to let loved ones know you remembered. Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.” Here are six sweet ways to celebrate. Candy hearts are optional, especially this year.
    Valentine's Day - Floral front door wreath

    Show some love for the front door

    Not ready to put away the wreaths? One reason they’re such a popular front-door decoration is because they’re so versatile – both to individual taste and by season. Get in the holiday mood with bold, bright colors, like this DIY option from Life on Virginia Street. We love how much it will pop on a neutral-colored door. Or get a wreath that “says” something. Hugs and kisses, anyone?

     

    Does your significant other woo you with flowers? Show how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness by incorporating them into a seasonal wreath or, if they’ll survive outdoors in your area, plant some fresh flowers in pots on your porch.

    You had me at hello

    Sure, you can meet your loved one at the door with roses, but how about trying something a little more creative? If your special someone is expecting flowers, make a whimsical bouquet for your entryway. Bonus points if you can coordinate these blooms with those you might have used to decorate outdoors on your front porch.

     

    If you have space in your foyer on a side table, for instance, try incorporating meaningful photographs. Don’t be afraid to take it a step further either by using heart-shaped photo holders. These small, metallic clips are perfect for those with more subtle tastes, and both options are classic enough to be used year-round.

     

    Metallic décor also goes well in neutral-colored rooms if vibrant Valentine reds and pinks aren’t your style. But if you’re ready to break out of a color rut and want to try something bold in a small space, check out Houzz’s top picks for romantic room colors that say, “I love hue.”

    Get smitten on the patio

    Sometimes your main entryway isn’t actually at the front of the house. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to buck the trend and go all out for a back door or patio. (We’d say the same thing if you’re considering a smart lock or entryway handleset.)

     

    To create a little magic on the back patio, try new lighting. Battery-operated candles, lanterns and twinkle lights are popular and safe options for setting a mood, and not just on Valentine’s Day. You don’t even have to be outside to enjoy the shimmering lights. Place them where you can enjoy the view from inside, like from your romantic dining room table or cozying up to your loved one.

    Find more ways to elevate the look of your home, whether it’s for the holidays or every day, by following Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Step-by-step guide to keeping your 2019 DIY resolutions.

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

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    2019 - DIY resolutions

    Let Schlage help you be successful with that New Year’s resolution. The trick: Break your goal down into smaller steps.

     

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    2019 DIY Resolutions - Schlage

    Let Schlage help you be successful with that New Year’s resolution. The trick: Break your goal down into smaller steps. If you resolved to finally tackle that DIY project this year, here are some simple steps to get you to the finish line.

     

    Your Big Goal: Update the bedroom/bathroom/living room/kitchen …

     

    Whether you’ve moved into a new house or are looking to refresh the home you’ve lived in for years, this is a chance to create your perfect oasis. This might be your master bedroom, or it could be the kids’ room, a bathroom or even a garage.

    Step 1: Find your inspiration

    Once you’ve decided which room gets your personal brand of TLC, find examples of the style you want to create. Pinterest is the obvious choice for this. Chances are that someone has already found what you’re looking for and can point you in the right direction. For door hardware, you can check out our Style Selector to help determine if your look is classic, contemporary or somewhere in between. With a variety of styles and finishes, Schlage door hardware has something to elevate any room.

     

    You can even find inspiration in technology. If smart home hubs and accessories get you excited, consider all the options for making your house intelligent and saving yourself some energy. What’s your inspiration? A refrigerator that can tell you when you’re out of milk? A vacuum you can run even when you’re not home? A video system that shows you who’s at the door? A lock that lets you control access from anywhere?

     

    Think outside the box by considering unusual materials or uses for everyday products. For example, don’t be afraid to put your exterior locks in unusual places. A smart deadbolt works great on a garage entryway, home office or wine cellar. Just remember that, although Schlage smart locks are designed to withstand weather conditions typically experienced by residential homes, they should not be used on gates or other doors where the portion of the lock that would normally be inside the home may be exposed to the elements.

    2019 Design Trends - Schlage

    Step 2: Start small

    It's time to pick mini projects you can realistically complete to give you the overall look you want.

     

    You now probably have more projects than you can reasonably accomplish. Don’t let that keep you from getting started. Take your priorities, budget, free time and skill set into consideration, and figure out what mini projects work within your restrictions. You might break them into categories – paint, lighting, flooring, furniture, locks and door hardware, décor. There are endless variations on how much time effort and money these will cost.

     

    Remember that some seemingly small projects can actually make a huge impact. If you can’t replace an entire door, consider updating the knobs or levers. If it’s an exterior door, a smart lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can make a major difference. Aside from stylish details, Schlage smart locks offer you keyless convenience. Pair your deadbolt with your smartphone to control access from anywhere, view a log of who has entered and exited your home, and program multiple access codes for trusted family and friends, service providers or yourself so there’s no fumbling for keys or running home to let the housekeeper in. You can even integrate your lock with a smart home hub like Amazon Echo Plus or Samsung SmartThings and create routines to make your day smooth and simple.

    2019 DIY goals - Door lock installation - Schlage

    Step 3: Research

    Unless you’re a seasoned DIY pro, you’re going to need some help. Do a little research up front to make sure you know what you’re doing. You’ll save yourself the pain of realizing halfway through that you’re in over your head and stalling out on the project, not to mention wasting time and money, in the process.

     

    In addition to YouTube, many companies have instructional videos to help you install or use their products. Visit Schlage’s How-To Center for tips on installing all our door hardware and deadbolts. Our smart locks also have step-by-step instructions available online.

    Step 4: Start checking DIY projects off the list

    Start tackling that list! There’s no secret to this one. At some point, you just have to get to work. If your research in Step 3 didn’t pan out like you’d hoped, don’t be afraid to consult a professional. We promise not to tell.

    Step 5: Celebrate

    Especially when you have a long to-do list, it can be easy to transition non-stop from one mini project to the next. Take some time to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. If you learned a new skill along the way, celebrate that too.

     

    Share your successful projects with us on Instagram or Facebook.
     

    10 times Schlage made the makeover in 2018.

    December 18, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    Home makeover - Schlage

    Here are 10 projects – from front doors to back porches and everywhere in between – that showed how you can’t miss when you make Schlage part of your next renovation project.

     

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    As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite blogs. Here are 10 projects – from front doors to back porches and everywhere in between – that showed how you can’t miss when you make Schlage part of your next renovation project.

    Modern Ranch Reno: New Front Door and Hardware

    From convenient keyless entry to making an outdated door beautiful again, we love everything about this renovation project. If, like Classy Clutter, your front door is still sporting the original 1980s hardware, this will inspire you to make a few changes to give your house the curb appeal it craves. See how the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, paired with a stylish handleset, helped take this ranch house from meh to magnificent.

    Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After

    Sugar & Cloth gives a great example of how you can make a big impact, even when you’re constrained by small spaces or HOA rules. By simply installing a new, eye catching door as well as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and a few plants, this project epitomizes quick, convenient and easy. You can also see how our matte black finish works well with a variety of materials, paired here with wood and corrugated metal in a variety of colors.

    Back to It: Creating & Inspiring

    Updating your door hardware in a single room can make an unexpected style splash considering the low effort. But if you want to really make a wave, take inspiration from Diane at In My Own Style. Here, new Schlage door knobs were added to both exterior entryways and interior rooms. The best part of this is the style and finish coordination, whether matching the knobs with other door hardware in the house or with other accessories like porch lighting.

    12 Rooms in 12 Months: Master Bedroom Makeover Progress

    We always talk about how a beautiful front entryway is key to making a good impression, but Paper & Stitch showed how the right lever can also welcome you into a cozy bedroom. These blogging DIYers focused on the details for updating their bedroom and the result was a cost-efficient oasis that fit their style perfectly. A Schlage Custom™ lever in matte black worked with their own repurposed furniture, and a new coat of paint and a few accessories had this master bedroom looking like new.

    Home Update: Swapping Doorknobs (+ How-to Video)

    If you like to coordinate your style across rooms but don’t want everything to be identical, here’s some inspiration just for you. We’re big fans of how In Honor of Design carried the Schlage Custom glass knobs throughout the house but kept the look both stylish and interesting by varying trims. Custom is all about giving you quality with the ability to show your unique style. See how In Honor of Design brought that to life.

    Small Bathroom Makeover

    Do you have that neglected space that still needs a makeover? This post is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Refashionably Late said it best: “Beauty is in the details.” They focused on those details to give the bathroom a major facelift, bringing in basic accessories, new lights and light switches, and a stylish new Schlage Georgian door knob with Brookshire trim – one of our more ornate combinations – to elevate this room from eyesore to eye catching.

    How to Refinish an Old Door to Look New Again

    Sometimes you just aren’t in a position to do a major overhaul of a room. Whether you’re short on time, funds or know-how, this post proves that a few small, simple updates can make a big, bold impact. We’re pretty excited about the transformation Jojotastic achieved by simply refinishing the bathroom door and adding some Schlage Custom door knobs. We also love how she was inspired by the matte black finish and stuck with it to other areas of the house, as you’ll see in our next highlight.

    Back door Mini Makeover

    When you talk about welcoming entrances, it doesn’t necessarily mean the front door. In this post, you can see how a backyard oasis got an update that made the current residents and, ideally, vacation renters feel at home. We can’t get enough of the mix of function and style. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt adds a new level of convenient security for when there are guests, while the matte black handleset pops against the clean white door. Be sure to read to the end to see what Nancy Kerrigan thinks of the makeover.

    12 Rooms in 12 Months: Back Porch Progress

    Starting a renovation project with a blank canvas is the best because your possibilities are nearly limitless. Paper & Stitch took advantage of that to turn their back porch into a space perfect for summer entertaining. By adding some decorative elements, including a stylish Schlage handleset, we can just imagine how inviting this outdoor space will be for guests. And by adding the Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt, they also get the security and convenience ideal for everyday life.

    Chanel’s Bright and Modern Guest House Renovation

    House sharing and rental properties have never been more popular. Camille Styles shows how the right door hardware can provide the security you need to keep your property safe and still be stylish so that guests can stay in luxury. We love how Camille’s combination of a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on the exterior door and Schlage Custom door hardware inside make this a desirable place to stay.

    Find even more inspiring makeovers by following us on Instagram or Facebook, and don’t forget to tell us what renovation projects you’re going to tackle in 2019. We’d also like to see what you accomplished in 2018.

     

    6 simple yet impactful updates for when you're in a holiday hurry.

    December 4, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Simple - Holiday Updates - Schlage

    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck. Focus on these six ares and you'll be ready to host in no time.

     

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    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck.

     

    In a survey of what it takes to welcome holiday visitors and leave a great first impression, tackling last-minute home improvement projects was among the top 10 ways to make your home guest-ready. Those DIY projects were also on the list of top 10 things that impress guests most.

     

    To help you out, here are six areas of your house, many of which the survey identified as rooms most in need of a pre-holiday remodel, where you can make quick and easy changes that still make a big impact.

    Front porch

    Your entryway is the first thing your visitors will see, so use it to make a good impression immediately. Try updating your house numbers. Not only will they look good, but they’ll also help those guests who don’t typically visit find your home in the first place.

     

    A new Schlage Custom handleset, with a variety of designs and finishes available, can also make your door stand out in the most stylish of ways. With the highest industry ratings for residential security, premium metal construction and easy installation with just a screwdriver, you can also be confident of getting the job done before your guests’ arrival. And as an added bonus, handleset finishes coordinate easily with other home accents like lighting and plumbing fixtures as well as Schlage Custom hardware for interior doors.
     

    Foyer

    Once your guests are inside, you want them to feel welcome. Try some visually interesting coat hooks for some flair and function. If you have a small hallway or foyer, think about hanging a mirror to make the space feel bigger.
     

    Kitchen

    Unless you have the budget and the time for a project like a new backsplash, try focusing on something like your cabinetry. New cabinet pulls are a relatively quick change that can create a new look without a massive overhaul. It’s also the perfect opportunity to mix hardware finishes in a way that makes a big statement with minimal effort. You might choose a cabinet hardware finish that contrasts with a metallic light fixture, or pair a matte finish with a bright and shiny countertop accessory.

     

    Don’t forget inside the cabinets either. Organizers will get the shelves looking tip-top when guests offer to help set the table. These also have the added benefit of you being able to enjoy them long after the holidays. Because no one has ever said, “I wish my cabinets were less organized.”
     

    Living room

    If you have a fireplace, use it to create a beautiful holiday focal point for the room. Replace or decorate the mantel with festive photos, gorgeous greenery and other ornaments that put your holiday spirit on display.

     


    The living room is also a great opportunity for you to repurpose some of your own belongings. Move the furniture around, use pillows from another room on your couch or to create extra seating, or swap out end tables from another area in the house. This is one change that’s both easy in effort and on the wallet.

    Bathroom

    You can flex your DIY muscle by redoing flooring and grout. Or you can make a few cosmetic updates that will get your shower looking and working great for your guests. Change out the shower rod for something a bit more stylish or replace the showerhead. Create a spa-like experience with a relaxing raincan fixture, one with multiple settings or a two-in-one option that also includes a hand shower.
     

    Bedroom

    Aunt Barbara is just hours away. Repainting is out, but you can replace the door hardware. With Schlage Custom door hardware, you choose from a range of knobs and lever styles that instantly elevate any room. You pick the style and finish to match your home décor. And just like our handlesets, these install in minutes with just a screwdriver.

     

    Another easy change is to replace the bedding in a guest room. Something warm and luxuriously soft will always be popular with even the pickiest of guests.

    Find more holiday style inspiration when you follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    How to afford Schlage door hardware on a $100, $500 or $1000 budget.

    October 17, 2018 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Door Hardware - Budget - Schlage

    If you're thinking about a single-room update, or even a whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

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    Door hardware - Budget - Schlage

    According to a recent Houzz survey, home renovations are on the rise, with 2017 yielding significant growth and 2018 expected to be even bigger. If you’re among those who are thinking about a single-room update, or even some manner of whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

    Updating your home’s door hardware is a project that can be easily customized to fit your project’s needs, regardless of your design concept or installation preferences. And best of all, it can be done affordably for any budget! With Schlage door hardware, whether you’re replacing a builder-grade doorknob with custom hardware or a keyed entrance door lock with a keyless smart lock, you can tackle this project in your spare time with just a screwdriver.

     

    Going for a coordinated interior? Looking to blend a number of complementary styles? Are you exploring split finishes, giving each room its own, singular look? Whatever your preference, Schlage offers a wide range of simple, secure, stylish and affordable hardware options to fit your budget. With a little know-how, you’ll be on your way to a door hardware makeover that you can appreciate for years to come.

    Door hardware - $100 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $100 PRICE RANGE

    For nearly a century, Schlage has been perfecting the door lock, offering an assortment of both mechanical and electronic door locks that have set industry standards for performance and style.

    Exterior

    For around $100, you can replace your entry door lock choosing from a wide selection of deadbolts, knobs, levers and complete handlesets. In this price range, you can also upgrade a mechanical deadbolt, replacing it with a stylish, keyless electronic keypad lock or deadbolt to enjoy the industry’s highest residential security rating with the convenience of keyless access.

    Interior

    As for your interior doors, that same $100 or so can replace upwards of 4 interior traditional door knobs or levers, depending upon function and the specific styles and finishes you choose.

     

    When shopping for interior door hardware, it’s important to take things like trim, knob or lever style and finish into consideration. Premium decorative trims and styles could drive up the price of your interior hardware.

     

    Another important consideration when shopping for interior hardware is the warranty. Because you will touch your interior door hardware several times per day, it’s important to look for quality hardware from a company that offers a warranty of some kind. Schlage offers a limited lifetime mechanical & finish warranty and limited 3-year electronics warranty.

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    SOLUTIONS IN THE $500 PRICE RANGE

    For around $500, you can coordinate the door hardware throughout your home, from your front door to your back door and pretty much any door in between.

     

    If you’re really looking to take advantage of the wide range of styles, trims, finishes and value for which Schlage is known, this is the place to start.

    Exterior

    Considering joining the growing number of homeowners investing in smart home living? Schlage smart locks are a great place to start building your smart home and they make an ideal addition to an existing one without breaking the bank. Schlage brings you an assortment of smart lock options from which to choose, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. They both set industry standards for keyless entry, as well as remote access management and monitoring from your smartphone. As an added bonus, each deadbolt fits standard door preps, installs with just a screwdriver, and is battery-operated, making them more accessible more than ever!

     

    In the $500 price range, you can easily select and install a smart lock, matching handleset grip and accessories (like house numbers and kickplates).

     

    According to Ted Roberts, Style & Design Chief for Allegion, maker of Schlage locks, “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Interior

    In this same price range, you can upgrade all of the interior door hardware in your home. Replacing all of the door hardware throughout your home is an easy and affordable project that can tie all of your rooms together, giving them a more custom look.

     

    This price range will allow you to select from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection, which puts you in control of your hardware’s style. With Schlage Custom™, you can create a door hardware look that’s unique to your home’s style. This collection allows you to easily match your interior door hardware with exterior Schlage Custom handlesets. Coordinate a complete look- inside and out- with a large selection of designer knobs, levers and trim in lustrous, long-lasting finishes. You can also customize the locking function of interior doors quickly and easily; no tools required.

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    SOLUTIONS IN THE $1000 PRICE RANGE

    For around $1,000, you can expect to give your entire home a door hardware makeover, from the front door to the back door and everything in between!

     

    In this price range, you’ll be able to choose from the full array of styles, trims and finishes available to you, including designer hardware from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection.

     

    You’ll also be able to incorporate a smart lock or two into your makeover! Gone are the days when smart locks were merely for front doors. Installing one on a back door, home office or a garage door adds an additional layer of security and keyless convenience for the entire family.

     

    Schlage offers a wide range of keyless locks to fit your smart home needs. Each of our locks has different benefits for different users, allowing you to select the smart lock that’s right for you and your home. Do you prefer a Bluetooth or Z-wave enabled lock? Are you an Apple device household? These smart lock comparisons will help you select the right lock for your home and your family’s access needs.

     

    Matching styles throughout. The versatility and style of split finishes. The blending of a variety of styles. At this budget, you’re only limited by your imagination. You might even have enough left over in your budget for a nice dinner out to celebrate!

    THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

    Whatever your budget, and whether you’re tackling your entire home or just one room at a time, you owe it to yourself to explore the range of possibilities open to you with Schlage door hardware. Also know that your quest may not end with your selection of knobs, levers and appropriate systems, finishes or trims. You can also easily upgrade your hinges to a matching finish to really put an exclamation point on your project.

     

    For more information, visit Schlage.com for the latest on affordable, premium door hardware. How much will it cost? Find purchase information here to see just how far you can make your budget go with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Tips to transform your front porch for fall and beyond

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

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

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

     

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

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

    The first impression

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

     

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

    Cold weather hospitality

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

    Fall classics

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

     

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

    Cozy details

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

     

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

    Budget-friendly curb appeal

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

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