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, 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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JANUARY 25, 2019 | FRIDAY
How To: Clean Stainless Steel

Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, however, takes a little bit of work—and some very specific cleaning prod...

JANUARY 25, 2019 | FRIDAY
This Is How Long Each of Your Major Appliances Should Last

If you’re like most people, you probably don't give much thought to the age of your appliances—until something breaks, that is. Homeowners do occasionally replace a major home appliance b...

JANUARY 15, 2019 | TUESDAY
12 Bad Homeowner Habits to Break in 2019

You might consider yourself a stellar housekeeper or a star handyman, but if you're like most homeowners, you probably have one or more seemingly innocuous habits that may be harming your...

JANUARY 11, 2019 | FRIDAY
8 Tips for How to Clean Stained Grout

Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That's a different story. Because of its typically light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to st...

DECEMBER 20, 2018 | THURSDAY
15 Reasons to Think Twice About an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans have dominated modern home design since they first appeared in the 1950s as part of the overall trend toward more contemporary styling. Open concept homes skyrocketed in ...

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
7 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

Most Americans think of water as basically “wet” and don’t consider its other attributes. But many residential water users have had to confront one of water's less-appealing characteristi...

NOVEMBER 12, 2018 | MONDAY
How To: Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

Nothing is quite as warm and cozy as a crackling fire in autumn. But before you touch match to kindling, take a good look around your fireplace and chimney to make sure you're following t...

NOVEMBER 5, 2018 | MONDAY
12 Mistakes That Make Your Car Vulnerable to Break-Ins

It’s no secret that Americans practically live in their cars, treating them as a home away from home. But cars are typically much easier to break into than the average home, resulting in ...

OCTOBER 17, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
13 Everyday Household Items You Had No Idea Are Flammable

House fires continue to take a searing toll on U.S. homeowners, with more than 350,000 house fires per year causing as many as 2,510 civilian fire deaths, according to the National Fire P...

OCTOBER 15, 2018 | MONDAY
7 Common Water Problems—and Their Cures

Wondering why your water smells funny, tastes bad, or stains your plumbing fixtures, cookware, dishes and laundry? Read on!