Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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, Donna spent over a decade as Managing Editor of Home Furnishings News. She researches and writes on a vast range of home-related topics including housewares, furniture, home fashions, flooring, remodeling, construction, antiques, art, garden, collectibles, and color/design trends. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

Donna earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. With her husband David, she has owned and run a successful independent media and marketing consulting firm since 1986.

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JANUARY 12, 2023 | THURSDAY
Does Your Home Smell Funny? 12 Odors That Could Mean Big Trouble

A home can harbor all sorts of lingering and unpleasant aromas: think cat urine, stale cigar smoke, last Sunday’s fried fish, and stench from the bathroom. The range and nastiness of thes...

DECEMBER 28, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
7 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin

Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by using a log cabin kit. No need to c...

DECEMBER 20, 2022 | TUESDAY
2022 Tax Credits and Deductions Homeowners Should Take Advantage of ASAP

When updating or improving a home, saving energy and money are always top of mind—but when there's a hefty tax credit at stake, we have to admit, 2022 and 2023 home improvements are even ...

DECEMBER 20, 2022 | TUESDAY
20 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home

No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. Dust is a nuisance, but it's also pretty gross: The particles that make up dust come from dirt, pollen, mold spor...

DECEMBER 14, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress Properly

Memory foam mattresses have become the go-to construction for most of America’s bedding manufacturers due to memory’s foam’s unique cushioning and support properties. Originally developed...

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
14 Types of Rugs Every DIY Decorator Should Know

Upscale designers know a sneaky little home décor trick that can mean the difference between a “ho-hum” abode and a “wow” pad: The secret’s on the floor! Known in the trade as the “fifth ...

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
10 Telltale Signs of Mice to Never Ignore

Q: Recently I’ve been finding small black pellets in the basement, and I hear scratching noises when I go down there. I’ve also noticed that my pantry has a sharp, musky odor. I’m startin...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
Become a Laundry Ninja With This Guide to Washing Machine Settings

Many people don’t fully take advantage of their household appliances’ features. A case in point is the standard workhorse of the household: the washing machine. Even bargain washers come ...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
How to Get Rid of Mice for Good in 14 Steps

A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and cause plenty of damage to your home, tearing up walls and wi...

MAY 19, 2022 | THURSDAY
Can Cold Water Effectively Clean Your Laundry?

The old rules of washing colors in cold water and whites in hot water are fading as consumers become more eco-conscious about energy usage. However, some confusion lingers about the best ...