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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JUNE 12, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
The Mini-Split Air Conditioner: Today's Smart Cooling Option

Now that summer has arrived, it's definitely time to focus on home cooling. If your house does not have central air conditioning—and if you don't love the look of window units—a ductless ...

MAY 31, 2013 | FRIDAY
Backyard Decks Go Green with Redwood Construction

Contrary to popular belief, redwood can be a very environmentally-friendly building material especially when compared to many types of composite decking. The key to maintaining a “green” ...

MAY 28, 2013 | TUESDAY
Storage Ottomans: Clear Clutter Quickly, Easily, and with Style

Tidy up in a hurry with these multipurpose, flexible furniture pieces that create a little extra storage where you need it the most.

MAY 24, 2013 | FRIDAY
10 Top-Rated Grills to Fire Up This Summer

If you're shopping for a new grill, here are ten top-rated models (from deluxe to portable) worthy of your consideration—and your backyard.

MAY 22, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Top Tips for Maintaining a Chainsaw

To safely and productively operate a chain saw, you must commit to maintaining it. Keep your chain saw in tip-top shape, not only to protect yourself but also to promote the tool's longev...

MAY 21, 2013 | TUESDAY
10 Gadgets to Make Yours the Best BBQ on the Block

With summer barbecue season almost upon us, don't miss these great gadgets to make your backyard cookouts the envy of every grilling gourmand in your neighborhood.

MAY 21, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture

Let’s face it: Many homes today feature inadequate, poorly positioned, and sometimes plain-old ugly light fixtures. But you don't have to live with anything you don't love, especially whe...

MAY 15, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Choose a Programmable Thermostat

Looking for a small home improvement that yields big results? A programmable thermostat, properly installed and configured, helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperate while reducing yo...

MAY 10, 2013 | FRIDAY
Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes

For those who've always wanted to build their own home, the prospect may now be more realistic than ever, thanks to a new wave of kit homes.

MAY 9, 2013 | THURSDAY
Keep Ceiling Fans Clean to Ensure Smooth Operation

Ceiling fans are a wonderful addition to any room, offering a cool breeze and providing a pleasant decorative accent. However, like any appliance, ceiling fans collect dust and grime that...