Donna Boyle Schwartz


Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, who has worked with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. In addition to serving as Lifestyle Editor and News Editor for the Newburgh-Beacon Evening News, Ms. Schwartz also spent over a decade as Managing Editor of Home Furnishings News. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects. Donna Boyle Schwartz on LinkedIn | Google +

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JULY 3, 2012 | TUESDAY
A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles

Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once you hit adulthood, however, your fantasies alter quite a bit, which is ...

JUNE 26, 2012 | TUESDAY
Replacing Air Conditioner Pipe Insulation for Maximum Energy Efficiency

An imperative “rite of spring” in our house is checking our two central air conditioning systems to make sure they are working properly. This involves eliminating any dirt or debris that ...

JUNE 21, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Creating Lovely Outdoor Environments

The perception people have of your home begins well before visitors reach your front door. Whether it’s a simple wildflower garden along a walkway or an elaborate formal entry gate, your ...

Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY

Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, the Newburgh Community Land Bank, and the Builders Ass...

JUNE 12, 2012 | TUESDAY
The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)

Our home improvement projects often suffer from “mission creep,” as one seemingly simple project becomes hopelessly entangled with another one… or two. Our deck replacement served to illu...

The Great Deck Build: Part 1

Sundays can be a dangerous day in our household due to the abundance of home improvement circulars that arrive with the morning paper. The danger becomes quadrupled when you invite friend...

MAY 31, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Installing a Small Backyard Pond

Nothing quite soothes the soul like the sound of burbling water. Even though we have a long and narrow backyard, we always wished we had room for a small water garden. The opportunity aro...

Fun with Plumbing: Creating a Personalized Shower Experience

I must admit to a certain hedonistic streak when it comes to bathing, be it a long hot soak in the winter or a wonderfully cool and refreshing shower in summer.  So when we decided to upd...

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Updating an Entry Hall

Retro styling is all the rage today, but sometimes “retro” is synonymous with “regrettable. ”The entry hallway to our house is a case in point. When we moved in, we tried to convince ours...

MARCH 12, 2012 | MONDAY
Turning a Frown Upside Down: Repurposing Bricks to Make a Walkway

No one likes cleaning up after a storm. But when the storm causes structural damage to your home, the cleanup process is even more distressing. Sometimes, however, you can find a silver l...