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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OCTOBER 18, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Leak Detectors: Your Best Bet to Ward Off Water Woes

Your home represents your single greatest investment, and you treat it accordingly by taking precautions to safeguard against any number of worst-case scenarios. You arm the security syst...

OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TUESDAY
8 Times to Accept a Lowball Offer

When the time comes to sell, homeowners always want to get the best possible price so they can recoup their significant financial—and emotional—investment. It is only natural to feel insu...

OCTOBER 3, 2017 | TUESDAY
The 9 Best Types of Gravel for the Driveway

When you think of a gravel driveway, you may imagine a sleepy, dusty lane that leads to a quaint rural cottage or farmhouse on a lonely country road. In reality, gravel is equally at home...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 | SATURDAY
7 Things to Know Before Choosing a Metal Roof

Rain on a tin roof proves so soothing that it can be found on white noise machines and meditation apps alike, but that's not the only reason (nor one of the top!) for its popularity a...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 | FRIDAY
Solved! Storage Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

If you pore over the energy bill each and every month but rarely give a thought to your water heater, you're missing something critical: there's a direct relationship between the ...

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 | THURSDAY
8 Things Every Home Inspection Checklist Should Include

Buying a new home can be a thrilling and terrifying adventure. During the process, you’ll need to address dozens of details regarding your new abode, including potential problems with the...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | TUESDAY
12 Secret Uses for Dr. Bronner's Soap

By now maybe you've seen Dr. Bronner's Castile soap in the personal hygiene aisle at your local grocery or health food store. While Castile soap isn't new—it's been around for centuries—D...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | MONDAY
10 Things You Never Knew Are Negotiable

Haggling over prices is a time-honored tradition in many countries, but American consumers aren’t particularly keen on negotiating. According to a 2013 survey by Consumer Reports, only 48...

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 | SATURDAY
Are We Finally Ready for Radiant Heat?

It's a good time for the building and remodeling industry! Just check out the most recent U. S. Census Bureau data, which shows that in the last year alone, single-family home starts ...

AUGUST 29, 2017 | TUESDAY
13 Things Never to Put in the Microwave

Rush, rush, rush—in today's 24/7 culture, a microwave can be a real boon to busy households and time-strapped cooks. But even though these ubiquitous appliances are fast and convenient, t...