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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MARCH 23, 2017 | THURSDAY
Cool Tools: A "Smart" Add-On for Faster, More Affordable Hot Water

It's almost second nature: You turn on the shower and go off to do something else, knowing full well that it will take a while for the water to heat up. Only when you see steam rising fro...

MARCH 15, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
10 Problems You Can Solve with Caulk

Caulk comes to the rescue in myriad projects around the house, from outdoor maintenance to indoor decorating. What makes this humble material so good at what it does? The rubbery substanc...

MARCH 10, 2017 | FRIDAY
Cool Tools: A Next-Generation Mower Cuts Above the Rest

Even as a kid, when my five-dollar allowance depended on it, I hated mowing the lawn. Decades later, things have changed—for instance, nobody pays me to do chores anymore. But I dread the...

FEBRUARY 27, 2017 | MONDAY
Your 3 Best Bets for Battling Indoor Air Pollution

Heating and cooling doesn't come cheap—especially if your HVAC system has to work harder to overcome heat loss due to drafts. That's why remodeling pros recommend minimizing inefficient a...

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | THURSDAY
Buyer’s Guide: Fire Starters

While a toasty fire is a welcome addition to any chilly evening. Less welcome is the hassle of wrestling with wet wood or crumpled-up newspapers to get the first flames going—and the wait...

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | TUESDAY
13 Unusual Household Uses for Ice Cubes

Ice cubes can transform any beverage into a refreshing treat. But did you know that ice has myriad practical uses beyond chilling your drink? Ice can solve a bevy of household hassles, fr...

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 | MONDAY
13 Renovation Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

Most homeowners think they’re capable of handling minor remodeling jobs and have the wisdom to call a contractor for projects that warrant professional help. But home renovation usually c...

JANUARY 26, 2017 | THURSDAY
How To: Breathe the Purest Possible Indoor Air

Popular taste in decor changes over time, and even types of furnishings come and go. For example, these days TVs that mount sleekly on a wall have largely eliminated bulky entertainment c...

JANUARY 24, 2017 | TUESDAY
12 Things You Never Knew Chalk Can Do

Most people associate chalk with elementary school blackboards and sidewalk hopscotch games, but chalk can be a surprisingly handy helper to have around the house. Chalk has a wide variet...

JANUARY 19, 2017 | THURSDAY
6 Bathroom Trends Set to Dominate 2017

Slowly but surely, with each passing year, Americans increasingly view the bathroom not merely as a functional space, but as a restful, restorative sanctuary. While the bathroom obviously...