Donna Boyle Schwartz


Name: Donna Boyle Schwartz

Title: Contributing Writer 

Donna Boyle Schwartz is an avid writer with years of experience covering the home and garden beat in addition to out-of-home topics such as sports and local events. These days, she researches and writes editorial and advertising features on a vast range of home-related topics, including housewares, furniture, home fashions, flooring, remodeling, construction, antiques, art, garden, collectibles, and color/design trends.

Expertise and Experience

Donna launched her professional writing career in junior high school, where she covered sports, school events, and local community news for her small town weekly newspaper, The Raymond Herald. In the years since then, she has become a well-known home furnishings writer and editor with leading magazines and newspapers, including stints as lifestyle editor and news editor for the Newburgh-Beacon Evening News and as managing editor of Home Furnishings News (HFD/HFN). With her husband, David, she has owned and run a successful independent media and marketing consulting firm since 1986.

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JULY 22, 2019 | MONDAY
Chalk and 19 Other Things You Don't Keep in Your Toolbox—But Should

Every homeowner knows the importance of having a good toolbox stocked with all the basics—screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and the like. But there are a few, more esoteric items that you s...

JULY 16, 2019 | TUESDAY
16 Problems a Power Outage Can Cause at Home

When the electricity goes out, a host of things can happen around your place ranging from mere inconveniences to life-threatening situations. These are the what-ifs you should prepare for...

9 Types of Mulch to Keep Your Landscape Lush

Mulch may not be a miracle cure for all that ails your garden, but according to professional gardeners and arborists, it certainly comes close! A wide variety of materials fall under the ...

JULY 2, 2019 | TUESDAY
13 Free Ways to Keep Thieves Away From Your Home

The FBI statistics are sobering: a burglary occurs roughly every 13 seconds in America. There were an estimated 1.4 million burglaries in 2017, and burglary victims suffered an estimated ...

MAY 28, 2019 | TUESDAY
The 10 Most Dangerous Bugs to Watch Out for This Summer

Summer is here at last, along with all the fun and pleasurable outdoor activities that come with it. But as we spend these longer, warmer days outside, gardening, swimming, hiking, campin...

MAY 10, 2019 | FRIDAY
12 Times Goo Gone Saves the Day

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Why We Love the Sleeping Porch

As a youngster, one of the summer's great thrills was "sleeping out," usually on someone’s deck or porch, but sometimes even on the garage roof—any place where a gaggle of girls...

10 Tips for Ending Robocalls, Junk Mail, and More

Why does it always seem to happen just as you're sitting down to enjoy a nice dinner with your family?—the phone rings, and the solicitors are calling! Technology can be a double-edged sw...

MARCH 18, 2019 | MONDAY
The 25 Most Beautiful Libraries in America

Libraries are magical places, filled with tales of faraway lands, adventure, romance and chivalry, inspiring the imaginations of generations and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Bu...