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 24, 2012 | TUESDAY
Easy-Care Entryway: Replacing Carpet with Tile

You never know why a previous homeowner made the decorating decisions they did, but sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder why in the world they chose a particular paint ...

JULY 17, 2012 | TUESDAY
Vaux & Olmsted’s “Other” Central Park

Incredible garden inspiration can be just around the corner, especially if you live in a city that is graced with a park designed by legendary landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Freder...

Ode to Architectural Cornices

Architectural details fascinate me. Looking up at various historical buildings in and around the Hudson Valley, I always find myself noticing structures topped with decorative cornices. C...

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...

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...