Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | THURSDAY
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FEBRUARY 24, 2015 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean a Refrigerator

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FEBRUARY 20, 2015 | FRIDAY
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FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | THURSDAY
11 Clever Other Uses for Plastic Wrap

Certain household items are so commonplace that we scarcely notice them anymore. But it may be time to take another look at some everyday household staples—like plastic wrap. That kitchen...

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 | THURSDAY
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If you spend time on projects in the garage, or if you're lucky enough to enjoy a stand-alone workshop, chances are that you're tired of wearing a winter jacket while working. Rather than...

FEBRUARY 9, 2015 | MONDAY
10 Things You Didn't Know a Sponge Can Do

Think you know how to use a sponge? Well, think again! These colorful little squares of cellulose can be used for a lot more household tasks than just wiping down the kitchen counters. Th...

FEBRUARY 4, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
Editors' Picks: Today's Top 7 Vacuum Cleaners

Decisions, decisions: Buying a new vacuum cleaner used to be a fairly straightforward and simple process, but today’s proliferation of purchasing options may leave many consumers scratchi...

JANUARY 22, 2015 | THURSDAY
How to Clean an Oven

You’ve put off the task for months, hoping the little spills and splatters inside the oven would vanish on their own. Eventually, those of us who don’t have self-cleaning ovens—which main...

JANUARY 19, 2015 | MONDAY
Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back

Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what yo...

JANUARY 16, 2015 | FRIDAY
10 Closet Cures That Cost Less Than $100

Tired of fighting with your closet to find the blue scarf that you wore just the other day? Or your other brown shoe? In the spirit of a new year, it may be time to take a new look at an ...