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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AUGUST 2, 2012 | THURSDAY
Historical Sleuthing: Reclaiming the Past at Washington’s Headquarters

I have the deepest respect and admiration for people who undertake the restoration of historic houses. Our first home as newlyweds was an 1870s Victorian. Although it was a lovely structu...

JULY 24, 2012 | TUESDAY
Easy-Care Entryway: Replacing Carpet with Tile

You never know why a previous homeowner made the decorating decisions they did, but sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder why in the world they chose a particular paint ...

JULY 17, 2012 | TUESDAY
Vaux & Olmsted’s “Other” Central Park

Incredible garden inspiration can be just around the corner, especially if you live in a city that is graced with a park designed by legendary landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Freder...

JULY 11, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Ode to Architectural Cornices

Architectural details fascinate me. Looking up at various historical buildings in and around the Hudson Valley, I always find myself noticing structures topped with decorative cornices. C...

JULY 3, 2012 | TUESDAY
A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles

Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once you hit adulthood, however, your fantasies alter quite a bit, which is ...

JUNE 28, 2012 | THURSDAY
Easy, Breezy Tips on Replacing a Patio Door Screen

I don’t mind the squirrels taking their turn at the bird feeder, but our dog seems to have developed a personal vendetta against the creatures. She’s so vehemently opposed to squirrels th...

JUNE 26, 2012 | TUESDAY
Max Efficiency: Replacing AC Pipe Insulation

An imperative “rite of spring” in our house is checking our two central air conditioning systems to make sure they are working properly. This involves eliminating any dirt or debris that ...

JUNE 21, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Creating Lovely Outdoor Environments

The perception people have of your home begins well before visitors reach your front door. Whether it’s a simple wildflower garden along a walkway or an elaborate formal entry gate, your ...

JUNE 13, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY

Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, the Newburgh Community Land Bank, and the Builders Ass...

JUNE 12, 2012 | TUESDAY
The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)

Our home improvement projects often suffer from “mission creep,” as one seemingly simple project becomes hopelessly entangled with another one… or two. Our deck replacement served to illu...