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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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.

MAY 24, 2013 | FRIDAY
10 Top-Rated Grills to Fire Up This Summer

If you're shopping for a new grill, here are ten top-rated models (from deluxe to portable) worthy of your consideration—and your backyard.

MAY 22, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Top Tips for Maintaining a Chainsaw

To safely and productively operate a chain saw, you must commit to maintaining it. Keep your chain saw in tip-top shape, not only to protect yourself but also to promote the tool's longev...

MAY 21, 2013 | TUESDAY
10 Gadgets to Make Yours the Best BBQ on the Block

With summer barbecue season almost upon us, don't miss these great gadgets to make your backyard cookouts the envy of every grilling gourmand in your neighborhood.

MAY 21, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture

Let’s face it: Many homes today feature inadequate, poorly positioned, and sometimes plain-old ugly light fixtures. But you don't have to live with anything you don't love, especially whe...

MAY 15, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Choose a Programmable Thermostat

Looking for a small home improvement that yields big results? A programmable thermostat, properly installed and configured, helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperate while reducing yo...

MAY 9, 2013 | THURSDAY
These Simple Steps Make Cleaning Ceiling Fans a Breeze

Ceiling fans are useful additions to any room. They provide a cool breeze when it's warm, circulate stale air, and contribute a decorative accent to your home's interior. Like other  appl...

APRIL 28, 2013 | SUNDAY
Need a New Lawn Mower? 6 Top-Rated Grass Guzzlers

These mighty mowers made the cut by earning high marks from consumer and testing sites around the web.

How to Clean a Bathtub in 7 Simple Steps

There’s nothing like a long, leisurely soak in a hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day—that is, unless the condition of your bathtub is what’s stressing you out. Bathtubs are ma...