Donna Boyle Schwartz


Name: Donna Boyle Schwartz

Title: Contributing Writer 

Donna Boyle Schwartz is an avid writer with years of experience covering the home and garden beat in addition to out-of-home topics such as sports and local events. These days, she researches and writes editorial and advertising features on a vast range of home-related topics, including housewares, furniture, home fashions, flooring, remodeling, construction, antiques, art, garden, collectibles, and color/design trends.

Expertise and Experience

Donna launched her professional writing career in junior high school, where she covered sports, school events, and local community news for her small town weekly newspaper, The Raymond Herald. In the years since then, she has become a well-known home furnishings writer and editor with leading magazines and newspapers, including stints as lifestyle editor and news editor for the Newburgh-Beacon Evening News and as managing editor of Home Furnishings News (HFD/HFN). With her husband, David, she has owned and run a successful independent media and marketing consulting firm since 1986.

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JULY 27, 2023 | THURSDAY
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 26 percent of fires between 2016 and 2020 occurred in the home. Cooking equipment, smoking, and heating equipment are among the lead...

MAY 24, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
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Although many modern homes are equipped with air conditioning, and it may be your go-to solution for keeping the house cool on a hot summer day, AC may not always be an option. Those who ...

APRIL 28, 2023 | FRIDAY
11 Car Sounds You Should Never Ignore

Is your car making a loud noise when accelerating, braking, or just sitting in the driveway? Today’s cars are quieter than the clunkers of old, yet certain squeaks, rattles, and hums are ...

APRIL 10, 2023 | MONDAY
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When the two plugs in a wall outlet simply aren’t enough to power the lights and gadgets we need to run our lives, most of us turn to power strips to fulfill our demands for electricity. ...

MARCH 14, 2023 | TUESDAY
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7 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin

Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by using a log cabin kit. No need to c...