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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JULY 31, 2017 | MONDAY
How To: Prepare for a Hurricane

Summer is upon us, and with it come visions of long lazy days relaxing in the sunshine. This summer weather, however, has an ugly and dangerous cousin: hurricanes. The latest forecast for...

JULY 31, 2017 | MONDAY
7 Things to Buy If You Want to Spend Less on Bills

Let's face it: Owning a home isn't cheap. You're on the hook for mortgage payments and property taxes, of course, as well as maintenance and repair expenses. Under typical circumstances, ...

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...