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 16, 2013 | TUESDAY
Ditch the Hose with a Drip Irrigation System

Tired of standing next to your planting beds, garden hose in hand? Concerned about getting too much water where you don’t need it and not enough where you do? The solution is simple: inst...

JULY 15, 2013 | MONDAY
Use Awnings to Reduce Energy Costs in Summer

Homeowners looking to reduce air conditioning costs and shield interior furnishings from the sun’s harsh glare may want to consider adding awnings. Fixed or retractable awnings can signif...

Keep Your Home Cool, Dry, and Energy-Efficient With a Dehumidifier

Hot and muggy summer weather outside can mean excess moisture inside. Mold and mildew, musty odors, condensation, warped wooden surfaces, and cracked, peeling, or blistering paint can all...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
The Meaning Behind GREEN

Our childhood pal, Kermit the Frog, had the right idea when he sang, “It’s not that easy bein’ green. ” While Kermit may have meant being green literally, today his mantra takes on a whol...

JULY 2, 2013 | TUESDAY
Care and Cleaning Keep Wicker Wonderful

Wicker furniture and accessories are very popular choices for living spaces both outdoors and in.  Comfortable, sturdy, and attractive, wicker comes in a wide variety of colors and patter...

Would You Live in a Tiny House Village?

When is a trailer park not a trailer park? When it’s being designed and developed by nationally recognized small-space living pioneer Jay Shafer. Shafer and his Four Lights Tiny House Com...

Let the Sun Shine In: DIY Solar Projects for the Average Homeowner

Interested in solar power but not sure where to start? Solar panels are becoming increasingly available to the average homeowner. To integrate solar energy into your personal power grid, ...

The Mini-Split Air Conditioner: Today's Smart Cooling Option

Now that summer has arrived, it's definitely time to focus on home cooling. If your house does not have central air conditioning—and if you don't love the look of window units—a ductless ...

MAY 31, 2013 | FRIDAY
Backyard Decks Go Green with Redwood Construction

Contrary to popular belief, redwood can be a very environmentally-friendly building material especially when compared to many types of composite decking. The key to maintaining a “green” ...

MAY 28, 2013 | TUESDAY
Storage Ottomans: Clear Clutter Quickly, Easily, and with Style

Tidy up in a hurry with these multipurpose, flexible furniture pieces that create a little extra storage where you need it the most.