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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.

     

    7 must-follow rules for a welcoming entryway.

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

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    7 Must-Follow Rules for a Welcoming Entryway | Schlage

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

     

     

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

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

    2. Get organized

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

    3. Clear the floor.

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

    4. Accessorize

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

    5. Direct traffic

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

    6. Have a welcoming scent.

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

    7. Update for the seasons

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

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

     

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware

    November 7, 2019 9:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware | Schlage

    You’ve arrived in the aisle and…whoa! There are a lot of choices. This guide will help you navigate and choose the best hardware for your doors.

     

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    So , your old door knob broke. Or maybe you finally noticed you’ve got bright brass hardware on your doors and satin nickel everywhere else in the house. Perhaps your front door isn’t doing anything for your curb appeal. The point is, you’ve decided to update your door hardware, you’re in the store aisle and … whoa! There are a lot of choices.
     

    You may be surprised to learn there are actually a lot of different types of door knobs and levers designed for different types of doors in the home. There’s hardware for closet and hall doors that don’t need to lock, locking hardware for bedrooms and bathrooms, non-turning pulls for doors that don’t latch, keyed entry and deadbolts for exterior doors – and that’s just to name a few. So how do you know where to start?
     

    Don’t worry. Schlage is here to decode your door hardware needs. Let’s start with some basic questions and drill down from there.

    Woman installing Schlage door hardware.

    1. How many bore holes are in my door?

    We refer to the round holes where the door lock is installed as “bore holes” (brush up on your door hardware terminology here.) Most doors have one, two or three bore hole.

     

    If the door has no bore holes, you can simply install a non-turning or “dummy” knob or lever that serves as a decorative door pull.

    2. Do I want a mechanical, electronic or smart lock?

    Schlage locks, whether mechanical, electronic or smart, offer superior security and style. For our purposes here, you’ll probably want to focus on how important keyless convenience and remote access are to you as the deciding factor.

    3. Would I prefer a door knob or a lever?

    This is mainly a matter of aesthetic preference. With Schlage’s variety of styles and finishes, you’re sure to find a look that suits your unique taste. Do consider ease of use, too. Knobs can be difficult for children and pets to operate – sometimes a good thing if you have an escape artist – while levers can be easier for those with arthritis or when your hands are full.

    4. What functionality should my mechanical lock have – keyed entry, Hall & closet or Bed & bath?

    Is it an exterior door where you want extra security? If so, choose a keyed lock or deadbolt. Otherwise you’ll need either a Bed & bath lock with push-button locking or a Hall & closet knob or lever that simply turns to let you in and out.

     

    We’ve put together a few handy decision trees to guide you through choosing the right door hardware the first time. And here’s a bonus hint for you. The function colors in the decision trees correspond to the function color on our packaging in the aisle, so you can match them up to easily find what you need.

     

    Let’s get started with our first question: How many bore holes are in your door?

    Single bore hole

    A door with a single bore door is typically an interior door, although not always. Either way, you’ll need to decide whether you want a mechanical or electronic lock.

     

    For interior doors, a mechanical lock is usually sufficient. Most people who want a locking interior door are looking for privacy more than security. When this is the case, choose a Bed & bath knob or lever. If locking is not a concern, like with kitchen pantries or laundry rooms, choose a Hall & closet knob or lever. If you can’t decide or you want to prepare for the future, consider Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware. This allows you to switch between locking and non-locking functionality, so when the extra bedroom becomes a nursery, you can switch from locking to non-locking without replacing the whole lock.

     

     

    For a door – interior or exterior – where you want greater control over access, choose a mechanical keyed entry lock or an electronic lock. These are perfect for wine cellars, home offices and the door leading in from your garage. If you don’t want to carry a physical key to get to your Chardonnay, go with the electronic option. In addition to security, they provide keyless convenience. Just set an access code that you can easily change or delete if needed.

     

    If you choose electronics, you’ll have to decide whether you want a backup key. The Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lever has no cylinder and, therefore, no key. If you prefer the option of a backup key, we recommend a Schlage® keypad lever.

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    List of mechanical functions for single bore hole locks.
    Electronic levers for single bore hole doors.

    Double bore hole

    If your door has two or three bore holes, it’s almost certainly an exterior door. In this case, you’ll likely appreciate an even greater level of security and additional convenience features.

     

    Simply put, the top hole in a double bore hole door is for your deadbolt and the bottom is for your knob or lever. This is where smart locks come into play. When it comes to choosing your deadbolt, you’ll need to decide between mechanical, electronic or smart. Our recommendation is a smart or electronic deadbolt with a non-locking knob or lever beneath.

     

    The same considerations for an interior electronic lock apply on exterior doors. With the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage® keypad deadbolt, you get keyless convenience and Schlage’s reputation for security and durability. Then simply choose the knob or lever that matches your style for the bottom bore hole.

     

    If you choose a smart lock – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – know that you’ll also be able to control your lock remotely from anywhere using compatible smartphone apps, find peace of mind when you can monitor the status of your lock from your phone and enjoy additional everyday convenience by pairing your lock with other smart home technology. Learn more about Schlage smart locks below or try our Get Help Deciding Tool to determine which is the best fit for your home and lifestyle.

     

    Should you choose to go entirely mechanical on your exterior door, look for a lock with the deadbolt function. Your knob or lever can then be either locking or non-locking. Look to buy these as a set so that they are keyed the same, or if you purchase them separately, consider having a locksmith rekey them so that you aren’t carrying around multiple keys for the same door.

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    List of mechanical functions for double bore hole locks.
    Electronic locks for double bore hole doors.

    Triple bore hole

    What if you have a triple bore hole door? That means you need a deadbolt for the top hole and a front entry handle for the two holes below it.

     

    Like the other door setups, your deadbolt can be mechanical, electronic or smart. All the same benefits as above apply. The main difference with a triple bore hole door is your handleset options. Choose from our series of decorative handleset grips in a variety of finishes to pair with your deadbolt.

     

    Schlage offers a variety of handlesets. One option is a 3/4 trim, where a single unit of hardware includes both the deadbolt portion and the handleset grip. There is also a two-piece trim, which, as the name implies, is two separate components – one being the deadbolt and the other being the grip – but sold together. Both the 3/4 and two-piece trims fit on standard triple bore hole doors.

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    List of mechanical functions for triple bore hole locks.
    Electronic locks with handle for doors with 3 holes.


    CHOOSE FROM OUR SERIES OF DECORATIVE OR ELECTRONIC DEADBOLTS AND HANDLESET GRIPS IN A VARIETY OF FINISHES TO COMPLETE YOUR LOOK

     

     

    We hope this guide helps you navigate the wide world of door hardware. Have more questions? Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter, or check out our FAQs.

     

    Make your own rules for a unique DIY wreath.

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

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Pinecone wreath | Schlage

    If you’re ready to break the rules of seasonal decorating or you dread putting up Thanksgiving décor only to take it back down for Christmas a few weeks later, we have the solution for you.

     

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    At Schlage, we know how small changes can make a big impact and that some home décor rules are meant to be broken. You don’t have to gut a kitchen to make it look amazing, your bedroom doors don’t have to be white if you prefer blue and your door knobs don’t have to be brass (or even knobs).

     

    If you’re ready to break the rules of seasonal decorating or you dread putting up Thanksgiving décor only to take it back down for Christmas a few weeks later, we have the solution for you. Combine inspiration from from multiple crafting tutorials to create one project that’s uniquely you and simple to swap as the holidays change. Let us show you how with this basic pinecone wreath from Women’s Day.

    Unique DIY pinecone wreath
    It’s lovely, but it’s also brown. If you prefer neutral colors, this might be perfect for your front door décor. And while brown is one of the top colors for fall, we think the “snow-tipped” pinecones are more appropriate for winter. Now let’s make our own rules.

    1. Ribbon refresh

    Changing the color of a wreath’s ribbon, flowers and fabrics is always a simple way to transition the look from season to season. It lets you reuse your decorations throughout the year, which is both simple and budget-friendly.

    2. Bleached beauties

    With this tutorial from ehow, you can have your pinecone wreath even if you’re into monochromatic design or want a neutral background to make other colors pop.

    3. Glitter and glam

    Not feeling the snow? Cover the pinecones with colorful glitter or just dust the tips with shine. Depending on your chosen color, your wreath could be perfect for any spring, fall or winter holiday. Or for any day!

    4. Varied vegetation

    Weave vegetation of other kinds among the pinecones for different shapes, textures and colors. Consider flowers, berries, cornstalks or fruit like apples or small pumpkins. In winter, try holly or evergreen branches.

    5. Seasonal scents

    Perfect for indoor wreaths, scented pinecones be a treat for all the senses. Dotal Anecdotes shows you how to use them to give your home that smell of cinnamon, but there’s no reason you couldn’t opt for fragrant flowers instead.

     

    Find more front porch ideas, whether it’s seasonal décor or updated door hardware, at Schlage’s Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Halloween decorations inspired by the stranger things you see on TV.

    October 18, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    DIY Halloween movie decor ideas | Schlage

    Holidays let us live in a fantasyland for a bit, and there’s no better time than Halloween to venture into another world. Get inspired by these five movies and television shows when you decorate this fall.

     

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    Holidays let us live in a fantasyland for a bit, and there’s no better time than Halloween to venture into another world. Get inspired by these five movies and television shows when you decorate this fall.

    Stranger Things

    Break out the Christmas lights early and make a wall Ouija board, which could be especially striking as a party photo backdrop. Add dead matter – paper mache and cobwebs will create the effect if you don’t like the idea of actual decaying vegetation indoors – to re-create the Upside Down. If you’re feeling really ambitious, do this all over your house. Or contain it to one area and add a hole in the wall with construction paper or a decal. Then sit back and enjoy a nice waffle.

    Hocus Pocus

    You don’t have to toil and trouble yourself over this décor. Hocus Pocus, or anything with witches, is a solid go-to for your Halloween décor. Stay true to the movie with this Binx wreath from PopSugar, or take some creative license and include your own favorite black cat, bats or spiders in a door wreath.

    This movie also lends itself well to outdoor Halloween decorations. We’ve shared this one before, but we love how Polka Dot Chair turned inexpensive witches’ hats into porch luminaries. When DIY isn’t in the cards, look for this movie-inspired doormat to spruce up your entryway.

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Say “season’s greetings” by turning your door into a giant Jack Skellington. If your door is already white, all you need is the free printable facial features, making this one of our simplest tricks that also makes a statement.

    Doggos love Halloween, too. This DIY floating Zero uses recycled materials for frame. After you stiffen the fabric of your ghost dog’s body, it’ll be ready to hang and light up. This makes a great addition to your front porch or indoors wherever you want some extra Halloween spirit.

    Coco

    If Día de los Muertos is more your celebratory style, we have three DIY projects inspired by Coco that are great for the whole family. Disney Family’s papel picado banners add tons of vibrant color in any room, on mantels or even as bunting along tables. Or you can make your own calaveras –decorative skulls – with this tutorial from Moms and Munchkins.

    Marigolds are a must-have for Day of the Dead. You can plant the real thing or make your own from tissue paper, no green thumb necessary.

    Monsters Inc. and Monsters University

    We know they aren’t technically Halloween movies, but … monsters! If you’re looking for a no-carve pumpkin idea, try painting your gourd green and add a giant eye for your own Mike Wazowski. Keep the Mike theme going, especially if you’re low on time or energy, with this balloon monster.

    Decorating any time of the year should be fun. Find more seasonal décor tips by following Schlage on Instagram or Pinterest.

     

    Halloween movie and tv decor ideas.

     

    Enter if you dare: Halloween party décor for your front door.

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

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    DIY Halloween decor ideas | Schlage

    We have the ultimate list of Halloween party decoration ideas to let your revelers know they’re in for a real treat.

     

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    When you’re hosting a Halloween party, you want to set the spooky mood for guests the minute they arrive at your door. We have the ultimate list of Halloween party decoration ideas to let your revelers know they’re in for a real treat.

    There’s a monster at the door

    Ever notice how scary movies have a creaking front door. It signals that whatever’s behind that door is going to be terrifying. Let guests know what festivities lie in store before they even cross the threshold.

     

    This mummy door from Dina Holland Interiors is pretty cute, but there are plenty of options out there for monsters and other creepy looks. Perhaps the best part, especially if you’re looking for easy Halloween decorations, is that you often only need items you can already find around the house.

    Channel your inner Edgar Allan Poe with this crow wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess, or recycle some old Christmas decorations for a quick DIY Halloween wreath with eyeballs, compliments of Family Fun Journal.
    Raise your hand if you think this is the best way to transform your garage door for Halloween. If this idea from Better Homes & Gardens isn’t quite your style, you could easily replace the arms with mysterious peeking eyes, spiders or bats.

    Frighten them in the foyer

    If you already have a sideboard-style table or landing strip in your entryway, start showing off your Halloween décor as guests remove their coats at the door. This layout from Country Living shows how you can avoid being too cutesy while also keeping it tame enough not to frighten your younger partygoers.

    Christmas lights get called into action early with this one. Frame some old photos – they don’t have to be your own family – and replace the eyes with tiny bulbs. The effect will be especially spooky in a dimly lit hall.
    Looking for a little more involved Halloween décor DIY? This mirror is for you, especially if people are used to seeing a mirror in your foyer the rest of the year. Country Living used reflective paint and a creepy image to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

    Paranormal activity on the patio

    Lighting is the perfect solution when it comes to DIY Halloween decorations for outside. Polka Dot Chair shows us how to make floating witch hat luminaries. Because you can hang them from your patio roof, they’re ideal if you want glowing ambience but are concerned about jack-o’-lanterns getting knocked over during an outdoor gathering or smashed on Halloween night.

    With these cutouts, you can turn an ordinary lantern into a haunted village. The best part might be their versatility – use them on the porch or inside on a fireplace mantel. You can find cutout templates for these houses and more at Woman’s Day.
    This pumpkin topiary from Tatertots & Jello is another example of versatile décor. In the daylight, the multicolored stack offers a unique way to display traditional jack-o’-lanterns. At night, it fools the eye into thinking they’re levitating. If you’ve invited guests unfamiliar with your home, try carving your house numbers into the pumpkins so they know where to find the party. That’s what we call a trick and a treat.

    Now that you’re ready to make a good first impression on your partygoers, you can turn your attention to the menu and drinks, costumes and Halloween décor for the rest of your house. We want to see how you dressed up your entryway for the haunting season, too. Share with us on Instagram.

     

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    A toast to fall: How to create the perfect seasonal bar cart.

    October 4, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Fall bar cart ideas | Schlage

    Whether you’re hanging on to the tail end of warm weather for an outdoor gathering or preparing to entertain for the holidays, try these tips to create, stock and enjoy the perfect fall bar cart.

     

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    It’s one of the hottest décor and entertaining trends out there right now: bar carts. They’re versatile – use them inside or out, on the deck for party drinks or in the bedroom as a nightstand. They’re convenient – everything’s in one place and portable. They’re stylish – no matter your design taste, there’s one for you. So whether you’re hanging on to the tail end of warm weather for an outdoor gathering or preparing to entertain for the holidays, try these tips to create, stock and enjoy the perfect fall bar cart.
    Fall bar cart ideas.

    Build it

    Bar carts fit nearly any personal style – industrial for a masculine feel, Lucite or metallic for Art Deco, bright and colorful for springtime whimsy. For fall, we’re fans of wooden carts since they complement the colors and other décor of the season. They’re also great for outdoors when entertaining on your porch or patio.

     

    To build your own wooden bar cart, check out what Shanty 2 Chic created. The handy hooks for hanging glasses and mugs are such a smart use of space! If upcycling rather than starting from scratch is more your style, try this tutorial from Runway Chef. They transformed an old kitchen island into the ideal backyard bar cart. And all they needed was all-weather wood stain and some time.

    Decorate it

    Step one, no matter the season, is to use your ingredients and glassware as décor. The bottles, shakers, coasters and napkins will be sitting out for everyone to see, so make sure they’re worth looking at.

     

    Next, match your bar cart’s décor with the rest of your home. Choose complementary colors, although with fall, it’s hard to go wrong with reds, oranges and coppers. Marigold is a popular interior décor color right now as well. You can also commit to a party theme like apple décor to go with apple-inspired drinks (keep reading for those tasty tips).

     

    A bar cart is appropriate for any kind of party – they were originally Victorian-era tea trays – so you can adjust your drink station décor based on your particular gathering.

     

    • Seasonal soiree – Focus on drinks that speak to the season and décor like apothecary jars that double as bottles for mixers and other “poisons” at Halloween. Try leaves and wheat husks later in the year. The beauty of these fall decorations is that they can easily be swapped out for winter garland in a few weeks.
    • Appetizer party – Transform your bar cart into a mini “food truck”. (You can still have drinks on a sideboard or a second cart.) Multiple shelves offer prime real estate for dishes, a cheese board, some fruit and nuts, and even a platter of pigs-in-a-blanket for the young at heart. Or maybe it’s a dessert cart instead. Yum!
    • Brunch bash – A family or friends’ brunch is the perfect opportunity for mixing and matching function and for some dreamy décor. Drinks (coffee, tea, mimosas) and food (bagels, fruit, mini-quiches) co-exist in a single convenient location. Flowers give a feminine touch, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use unique pumpkins.

    Taste it

    Whether you’re playing bartender or letting others fix their own drinks, it’s important to have the necessary ingredients if you want your guests to feel welcome. One Kings Lane gives you their list of must-have bar basics. And don’t forget to have ingredients nearby for a tasty beverage for the kiddos.

     

    Need some out-of-the-box inspiration for wetting the whistle at your next party? We had a hard time choosing between Gimme Some Oven’s easy cranberry margaritas or Cooking and Beer’s apple, pumpkin beer cocktails. For the youngsters and drivers, and particularly at Halloween, try Food Network Canada’s spooky apple cider punch, complete with “shrunken head” apples.

     

    No two parties are the same and everyone has their own hosting style, so it goes without saying that your bar cart should be as unique as you are. Get more DIY tips for your whole home so you can enjoy the seasons safely, stylishly and surrounded by good friends, compliments of Schlage.

     

    Struggle-free style and security: Hacks for updating your door.

    October 2, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Door update installation hacks | Schlage

    How do you replace a deadbolt? How can you keep paint from getting on your gorgeous new door knob? What if your hinges don’t fit? These hacks will answer those questions and help you avoid other pitfalls.

     

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    Painting doors, updating locks and door hardware, and replacing hinges are outstanding ways to improve the security and style of your home. It can be daunting, however. How do you replace a deadbolt? How can you keep paint from getting on your gorgeous new door knob? What if your hinges don’t fit? These hacks will answer those questions and help you avoid other pitfalls.
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    Hacks for knobs, levers and locks

    • When removing the existing hardware from your door, place painter’s tape over the lock components to keep them together. This helps prevent the pieces from scattering helter-skelter on the floor as you remove the screws.

    • This is an important one if you’re updating multiple doors simultaneously and you plan to re-install the same hardware, like after painting. Label your door hardware and keep all the pieces – knob/lever, trims, screws – together. A sandwich bag should keep each door’s components contained easily.

    • When installing your locks, there will be multiple screws to tighten. SFGATE suggests you start by tightening the screws with your fingers, then switch to tools – this is where your screwdriver comes into play – at the end. To help keep the hardware straight and avoid pulling any components out of alignment, tighten one screw a bit, then move to another screw. Continue alternating until everything is securely fastened.

    • Schlage locks come with all the screws you need. If, however, you happen to lose one or choose a different brand that doesn’t come with all the parts you need, resist the urge to use old screws, which may be weaker or stripped. Older screws can reduce the security and quality of your lock. You can contact our Customer Care team for replacements, too.

    • If you find your latch or deadbolt is rubbing, you may need to adjust the strike or use a chisel to create more space in the door jamb. To determine where the latch is rubbing and know where you need to remove extra material, apply a bit of lipstick to the latch, then check for smudges on the jamb. This trick from This Old House works great for installing new locks as well as maintaining your door and hardware over time.
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    Hacks for hinges

    • When you replace hinges, you may need to fill holes left by the previous screws. Chatfield Court suggests using toothpicks covered in wood glue. You can then drill new holes for your updated hinges.

    • Naomi at Plaster and Disaster shared important lessons from updating her fixer-upper’s doors and hardware. One tip is to check the depth of hinges. It’s a measurement that often gets overlooked but can have a major impact on how well the door closes.

    • Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to remove the entire door to replace the hinges. Replace one hinge at a time for the simplest of installations.

    Hacks for painting

    • If you don’t want to remove your hardware to paint your door, cover your knobs and trims in foil. It’s a handy option if they have unusual shapes that make them difficult to tape off. You can also coat strikeplates or hinges in rubber cement. The rubber cement will peel off when you’re done, taking any stray paint with it. Note that some rubber cement and even painters’ tape can damage the finish of your hardware, so test it out before you commit. Check out our archive for more door painting hacks.

    • After you’ve painted your door, you may need to rehang it quickly, especially if it’s an exterior door. Even paint that feels dry to the touch can scuff when you close the door, however. To reduce the chances of sticking, Family Handyman says to remove weather stripping or place painter’s tape along the door jamb.

     

    Now that you see how simple updating door knobs, locks and more can be, it’s time to start choosing the right hardware for your home. Schlage offers a variety of styles and finishes, not to mention a range of mechanical and smart deadbolts, to fit any taste. Try our Style Selector tool to choose what’s right for you and your home.

     

    Not your average pumpkin: 8 DIY Halloween decoration ideas you’ll love.

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

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    DIY Halloween Pumpkins | Schlage

    Whatever your tastes, we have eight DIY Halloween decoration ideas you won’t want to miss. We hope you like pumpkins.

     

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    From cute to spooky, chocolatey to chewy, Halloween offers a little something for everyone. Whatever your tastes, we have eight DIY Halloween decoration ideas you won’t want to miss. We hope you like pumpkins.
    8 DIY Halloween pumpkin ideas.

    For the family

    When you need to occupy the kids or if you’re looking for a project you can do together, try these popsicle pumpkins and monsters from Hanging by a Silver Lining. Just a few crafting sticks, some paint and googly eyes (because you can never have too many googly eyes) are all you need for a fun afternoon with your little ghosts and goblins.

    For the allergy-sensitive

    Halloween can be tough on those with food allergies. Display a teal pumpkin so trick-or-treaters know you have trinkets that won’t endanger their health. Simply paint the pumpkin, make it sparkle or turn it into the cutest mummy like Making it Milk-free. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and get ideas for non-candy treats here.

    For the glamorous

    You know Art Deco is on its way back. Tap into the style trend and add some festive flair with these DIY velvet pumpkins. She Holds Dearly takes you through this simple sewing project. With the right colors, we think these are chic enough to display throughout the fall.

    For a little more glitz, try these gold-studded pumpkins from Hometalk.

    For the minimalist

    Holiday decorations don’t always jive with your minimalist look, but these DIY thread pumpkins from Instructables are a perfect balance. It’s Halloween décor with the simplicity you seek. And with the right color thread, you could easily complement your room’s color scheme.

    For the upcycler

    We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t help you recycle the door knobs you replaced with new Schlage door hardware. Take those outdated knobs and turn them into an adorable, waste-free pumpkin patch with this tutorial from Stephanie Lynn. We’re pretty sure you won’t mind looking at that outdated hardware when you try this.

    For the wine lover

    Reuse the wine corks left over from summer parties for these DIY pumpkins from Always the Holidays. Add some paint, glue and crafting paper and you’re all set for as many pumpkins in as many sizes as your party days allow.

    For the phantasmal

    Turn what you think you know about pumpkins upside down and make DIY Network’s gourd ghosts for a bit of spooktacular fun. A mouth that says “Boo!” and a tattered-looking base are simple but out-of-the-ordinary.

    For the DIY princess

    If you’re looking for a bigger project, try this Cinderella pumpkin carriage. Some creativity and elbow grease will make you the talk of the neighborhood with this DIY décor perfect for a fairytale princess.

    We’d love to see how you transform your (haunted) house for Halloween. Share your photos with us on Instagram. And don’t forget to find more inspiration from Schlage on Pinterest.

     

     

    Fall in love with these natural porch décor ideas.

    September 24, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    DIY fall front door decor | Schlage

    Try these fall front porch décor ideas that pay homage to the season’s harvest and go beyond mums and average wreaths.

     

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    Natural is in. Stone, unpolished wood, leather and hemp are the materials of choice for many. Just because the seasons change and you’re thinking about holidays (already?!), that doesn’t mean you have to give up the natural look. Try these fall front porch décor ideas that pay homage to the season’s harvest and go beyond mums and average wreaths.
    10 DIY fall front porch decor ideas from Schlage.

    DIY stenciled leaf doormat

    Fans of jute, rejoice! This textile isn’t just for creating summer coastal vibes, as Life is a Party shows with its fall-inspired doormat. They played the white paint up nicely with white pumpkins and fabrics for a monochromatic design, but just imagine it with a splash of color to match any hue you choose.

    If you liked that, try the DIY woven rope doormat from Gardenista or colorful fall doormat from Lia Griffith, both of which would make a welcoming statement any time of year.

    Pinecone decor

    It’s hard to beat a DIY project that requires only three ingredients, one of which can be found right in your backyard. Country Living’s hanging pinecone cluster is a gorgeous alternative to the traditional round wreath. While they chose burgundy ribbon to help this fall decoration pop against a light-colored door, we think it would be just as striking with green ribbon, especially on a natural-wood door or if you’re looking for an easy transition to winter holidays.

    If you liked that, try the natural leaf and branch door hanging from Gray House Studio, which can be made with natural or silk leaves.

    DIY apple wreath

    Pumpkins don’t have a monopoly on fall. The Wood Grain Cottage shows what you can do with faux apples, a foam wreath form and some burlap. They’re using it indoors, but there’s no reason you couldn’t make it part of your fall porch décor. If we were making this wreath, we’d be tempted to add a few cinnamon sticks to awaken all the senses.

    If you liked that, try Fabric Paper Glue’s mini-apple place card holders. Great for Thanksgiving and also popular for fall weddings.

    Burlap and flower wreath

    If you just can’t let go of the flowery wreath (we don’t blame you – fall offers such beautiful flowers), then try this DIY project from How to Nest for Less. What we find so eye-catching is the combination of bright colors with neutral burlap, not to mention the contrasting textures. This would be a great chance to prepare for winter, too. Simply change out the flowers or choose some with a style that will transition well to the colder months, maybe with the addition of a few sprigs of holly or some twinkling holiday lights.

    If you liked that, get your flower fix and then some with Better Homes & Gardens’ ombre fall wreath. Mums, leaves, pine cones and more – they’re all there.

    One of the things we love about these fresh ideas is that you can add them seamlessly with the traditional fall décor you simply must have. Their reds and golds complement classic mums, and natural browns fit in perfectly with farmhouse-style homes, no matter how you dress them up.

     

    If you feel like your new décor could use an updated backdrop, check out our list of the best fall colors for your front door. Don’t forget to visit Schlage.com to pair it with the perfect door hardware, or find us on Pinterest for a bounty of seasonal inspiration.

     

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