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, 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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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 ...

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...

JUNE 12, 2012 | TUESDAY
The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)

Our home improvement projects often suffer from “mission creep,” as one seemingly simple project becomes hopelessly entangled with another one… or two. Our deck replacement served to illu...