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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APRIL 6, 2015 | MONDAY
9 Things You Didn't Know About Flood Insurance

If you think your home insurance policy will protect you in the event of a flood, you may be in for a shock. Because standard homeowner’s policies do not cover floods, you'll probably nee...

APRIL 6, 2015 | MONDAY
Allergy-Proof Your Home in 7 Steps

Spring allergies may not be devastating, but they certainly are a nuisance. If you suffer, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are affected by spring allergies every year. There are m...

MARCH 30, 2015 | MONDAY
How To: Avoid Crooked Contractors

Any suburbanite with a driveway knows the drill: A couple of guys arrive in a beat-up truck with a bucket of asphalt in the back, claiming to have done a job “just down the street.” They ...

MARCH 30, 2015 | MONDAY
French Toy Maker Debuts a Life-Size Erector Set

What happens when you combine the ease and convenience of flat-pack, ready-to-assemble furniture with the fun and whimsy of the Legos you loved as a child? Well, now we know. For decades,...

Induction Cooktops 101

Picture this: You put a large pot of water on the stove and within only a few minutes, the water has rolled to a boil. That's the magic of an induction cooktop. Compared with conventional...

MARCH 17, 2015 | TUESDAY
How To: Choose a Water Filtration System

In the United States, we are fortunate not to have to think much about water quality. Most of us simply turn on the tap and cook, clean, or bathe with whatever comes out. Due to a variety...

8 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 starting from a log home kit. No ne...

7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Renovation

Who doesn’t love the idea of a brand-spanking-new kitchen filled with gleaming appliances, flawless cabinets and pristine countertops? Kitchen remodeling top homeowner renovation wish lis...

MARCH 2, 2015 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: Clean Carpet Stains with a Clothes Iron

You know and loathe the traditional way to clean a carpet. But however laborious it may be, there's no doubt that blotting the stain can be effective—so long as you act immediately, befor...

7 Ways to Skimp on a Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom remodels are one of the most costly and time-consuming home projects you can undertake—but they're also one of the few surefire ways to increase the value of your home. A mid-ran...