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 25, 2017 | TUESDAY
Make Your Great Outdoors Great Again with 6 Easy, Clever Yard Hacks

Most of the year, you practically ignore the backyard, choosing instead to focus your repair and improvement efforts inside your home. Then, ironically enough, when the calendar finally f...

JULY 19, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Upgrade Your HVAC—Without Giving Up Your Ducts

Have your monthly energy bills risen in recent years? Are some rooms stubbornly hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, no matter the thermostat setting? Do you find yourself having ...

JULY 17, 2017 | MONDAY
11 Air Conditioning Mistakes That Spike Your Bills

Nowadays, more than 90 percent of homes and virtually all businesses in America use air conditioning to beat the summertime heat. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, air ...

JULY 5, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Old House, New AC: Your Best Bet for a Seamless Retrofit

Having once lived in a charming and historically significant Victorian home, I'm quite familiar with the compromises those old houses require. Built in 1870, ours was one of the first...

JUNE 27, 2017 | TUESDAY
10 Things You Didn’t Know Sawdust Can Do

If you’re an avid woodworker, you know that cutting, screwing, sanding, drilling, and similar activities produce a lot of sawdust. All that wood waste can be a headache. It seeps into cra...

JUNE 27, 2017 | TUESDAY
Which Is the Right Type of Water Filter for You?

Americans enjoy easy, take-it-for-granted access to some of the cleanest, clearest water in the world. Still, even water that's deemed safe to drink can be comprised in quality. It ma...

JUNE 23, 2017 | FRIDAY
Solved! The Best Decking Material

Q: I’m putting a new deck on my house and I want to make sure it is constructed properly. What is the best decking material? Should I use natural wood, pressure-treated, or something alto...

JUNE 16, 2017 | FRIDAY
Buyer's Guide: Hammocks

During the summer months, nothing beats kicking back in a hammock and swaying gently on a warm breeze with a paperback novel and iced beverage. These hanging seats provide a comfortable a...

JUNE 14, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
The Secret to a Warmer, Drier, Faster Finished Basement

This article has been brought to you by Amvic Building System, who provided BobVila. com with a complimentary product sample. In an effort to carve out more living space—without spending ...

JUNE 11, 2017 | SUNDAY
All You Need to Know About Types of Insulation

Insulation is a vital component in any home that aims to be energy-efficient. Typically placed in areas where air escapes, such as between the stud cavities inside the walls and in the at...