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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Craft a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Nothing quite beats the enjoyment of cooking and dining outdoors. Fortunately, creating a lovely open-air kitchen is now within the reach of savvy do-it-yourselfers, thanks to companies l...

Creative Ceramics: Top Trends in Tile

Italian home furnishings designers are always at the cutting edge. For evidence, look no further than the ceramic tile category, where Italian suppliers are constantly developing trendy l...

AUGUST 13, 2012 | MONDAY
The Gazebo: At Home Everywhere

Nothing says “summer” quite like a gazebo. Images of languid afternoons sipping ice-cold lemonade in the sheltering shade of one of these iconic structures have become part of our collect...

Pergolas: What’s Old Is New Again

[bobsays_inset]It is interesting how a chance comment can cause you to pay attention to a garden design feature you had not previously noticed. Several weeks ago I was chatting with noted...

Historical Sleuthing: Reclaiming the Past at Washington’s Headquarters

I have the deepest respect and admiration for people who undertake the restoration of historic houses. Our first home as newlyweds was an 1870s Victorian. Although it was a lovely structu...

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 ...