Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, working with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

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JULY 3, 2018 | TUESDAY
10 Mistakes Not to Make the Next Time You Grill

As temperatures rise, homeowners love firing up the grill and eating outdoors. Yet just as with indoor food prep, there are some important rules and guidelines to follow when you're cooki...

JUNE 27, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
10 Plumbing Tips Everyone Needs to Know

Are you dealing with a dripping faucet, low water pressure, or clogged pipe? You’re probably tempted to call a professional plumber, and with good reason. Homeowners usually don’t have th...

JUNE 11, 2018 | MONDAY
9 Reasons You Might Not Get a Mortgage

Applying for a home mortgage can be a time-consuming, costly, and frustrating process. When the housing crisis hit in 2008, banks and other mortgage lenders dramatically tightened the req...

JUNE 6, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Backyard Greenhouses That You Can Assemble All By Yourself

A die-hard gardener’s ultimate dream is having a greenhouse in the backyard. If this is your dream, it’s not as far away as you might think. You don’t necessarily have to enlist a contrac...

MAY 15, 2018 | TUESDAY
13 Common Household Items You Can't Recycle

Americans are generally civic-minded and conscientious, and have for the most part adopted the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra popularized by the environmental movement of the 1970s. Neve...

MAY 8, 2018 | TUESDAY
These Electrical Safety Tips Could Save Your Life

Most of us take electricity for granted, fully expecting that the outlets, wiring, extension cords, and power strips in our homes will operate safely and reliably. But electricity can be ...

MAY 8, 2018 | TUESDAY
Buyer's Guide: Outdoor Rugs

The line between indoors and out continues to blur as Americans take full advantage of longer days and warmer temperatures by dining al fresco and moving leisure-time activities onto porc...

APRIL 30, 2018 | MONDAY
10 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip

No matter where you live—house, apartment, dorm room, mobile home—one factor remains constant: There never seem to be enough power outlets. This may explain the popularity of multi-outlet...

APRIL 16, 2018 | MONDAY
12 Things You Don't Realize Are Annoying Your Neighbors

Living in a neighborhood is generally a delight that's marked by lasting friendships and a shared sense of community and civic responsibility, but there are times when proximity to others...

APRIL 4, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Would Your Kitchen Pass a Restaurant Health Inspection?

You may think you keep a clean kitchen, but all of those nooks, crannies, and corners are perfect hiding places for bacteria and other nasty bugs. Even some seemingly innocuous items—dish...