Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, working with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

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MARCH 17, 2017 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Mini Fridges

A space-smart decision for dorm rooms and tiny spaces alike, the mini fridge keeps food and beverage close at hand without taking up much real estate. Some homeowners rely on these compac...

MARCH 15, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
10 Problems You Can Solve with Caulk

Caulk comes to the rescue in myriad projects around the house, from outdoor maintenance to indoor decorating. What makes this humble material so good at what it does? The rubbery substanc...

MARCH 10, 2017 | FRIDAY
Cool Tools: A Next-Generation Mower Cuts Above the Rest

Even as a kid, when my five-dollar allowance depended on it, I hated mowing the lawn. Decades later, things have changed—for instance, nobody pays me to do chores anymore. But I dread the...

FEBRUARY 27, 2017 | MONDAY
Your 3 Best Bets for Battling Indoor Air Pollution

Heating and cooling doesn't come cheap—especially if your HVAC system has to work harder to overcome heat loss due to drafts. That's why remodeling pros recommend minimizing inefficient a...

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | TUESDAY
13 Unusual Household Uses for Ice Cubes

Ice cubes can transform any beverage into a refreshing treat. But did you know that ice has myriad practical uses beyond chilling your drink? Ice can solve a bevy of household hassles, fr...

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 | MONDAY
13 Renovation Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

Most homeowners think they’re capable of handling minor remodeling jobs and have the wisdom to call a contractor for projects that warrant professional help. But home renovation usually c...

JANUARY 26, 2017 | THURSDAY
How To: Breathe the Purest Possible Indoor Air

Popular taste in decor changes over time, and even types of furnishings come and go. For example, these days TVs that mount sleekly on a wall have largely eliminated bulky entertainment c...

JANUARY 24, 2017 | TUESDAY
12 Things You Never Knew Chalk Can Do

Most people associate chalk with elementary school blackboards and sidewalk hopscotch games, but chalk can be a surprisingly handy helper to have around the house. Chalk has a wide variet...

JANUARY 19, 2017 | THURSDAY
6 Bathroom Trends Set to Dominate 2017

Slowly but surely, with each passing year, Americans increasingly view the bathroom not merely as a functional space, but as a restful, restorative sanctuary. While the bathroom obviously...

JANUARY 17, 2017 | TUESDAY
14 Secrets of People with Low Energy Bills

Keeping up with the Joneses can be a frustrating and fruitless pursuit…but what if those enviable neighbors are saving money, supporting a cleaner environment, and reducing their dependen...