The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours
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The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours

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You have a problem. Your current home “décor” is ugly, shabby, and boring, but you can’t afford lots of new stuff. Or maybe your house is filled with tired old junk that you just can’t bear to throw away. Or maybe you bought all your furniture at a big box store, but it irritates you that it all looks like you bought it there.

You have a solution—or, rather, a whole housefu...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang (first published 2010)
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Lori

Okay, this is a book I perused more than read cover-to-cover, but it still counts. I found a lot of great ideas and now that I have a sewing machine, I need to attempt a few. First, I have to open the box that the sewing machine is currently existing. :O
Megan
Even though Mark Montano has some questionable taste in about half of the projects included in this book, I still found quite a few good ideas for some projects I'd like to do around my own house. Most of the projects are pretty affordable and easy to do yourself, so that's a definite plus. Mark emphasizes re-purposing old items found either at secondhand shops or in the back of your closet or shed, so that's really nice for folks on a budget like myself. I really liked all the ideas he had for...more
Lotus
Yea, like some others said, there are some very tacky looking projects in this book for sure.

Still, I found many projects that I thought looked great and I definitely plan to try. For one the pagoda-inspired shelf, for two the coffee table out of ikea lack tables. I even thought the bird cage pillow was great.

This is definitely a book more geared towards artists, those who love and appreciate, even crave the funky and unusual in their homes rather then what most others consider to be tasteful...more
Heather
I borrowed this from the library. I added it to my "to purchase" list on Goodreads when I saw all the reviews. I really must ask: are you blind?? Or just wildly uncreative? These projects are amazing. Like, ah-may-zing. There are a few that aren't my personal style, but they are still well-thought out. I mean, the hand stitched curtains, all of the dinnerware (especially the comic book plates), the aluminum sconce, the butterflies under glass, the decorative door knobs, the tea set, the pillows....more
Ashley
DEFINITELY glad I borrowed this from the library instead of bought it! While I appreciate that all of the projects have really simple instructions & materials that are easy to find... the projects themselves just don't fit with my taste. To be totally honest, like a few of the other reviewers mentioned, I found most of the projects looked pretty tacky—granted, you can take almost anything in there and put your own spin on it (the lighting chapter has a couple cute chandelier ideas), but just...more
Sarah
Feb 16, 2014 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: home
Many crafts for the home with step-by-step instructions. I don't think I'll be trying any of them, though.
Emily
Okay, I saw in this book what a lot of people said about the author's "big ass book of crafts." A lot of the projects just look cheesy or tacky or both. I would not want most of them in my home. The only thing that caught my eye is the hand-stitched curtain panel on page 61, and I though I might actually make something similar, and I thank him for the inspiration, I will do it differently and use different materials. (Embroidery with regular yarn? Really?) Some projects are fine, just not my tas...more
Angelina Justice
There were exactly 4 things in the entire book that I would even think about doing. Most of the ideas were just too "out there" for me. My other big problem with the book is that it might just be them most "ungreen" decor book published in the past decade. Not only were there a plethora of chemicals used, but most of the "decor" would not last long. Short decor life usually equates to more "stuff" in out landfills.
Melissa Wehunt
There is really cute stuff in this book, but most are things that I would never have any inclination to create. Let alone be able to use in a program-type setting. There was a few art crafts that I'd love to use in my home and a few lamp and upholstery projects that would be fun...but most were pretty well out of my league and/or not to my taste.
Annette
While there were a few cute ideas in this book, most are so specific that the ideas cannot be applied in ways that are not exactly like the projects he used. Also, most are really garish and somewhat scary (as in, I and everyone I know would not ever want these things in our homes).
Heather
As the title suggests, some of the projects are pretty tacky. That said, some ideas are pretty cool like the butterfly doodle pillow and the Ikea-hacking projects. It's perfect for young folks starting out in a first apartment or house.
Amy
Some good ideas but nothing I actually wanted to make. I was expecting more re-purposed craft projects so I was disappointed. Still worth checking out of the library and flipping through.
Heather
I honestly would probably never do many of the projects in here as they are but did find some cool ideas that I might try out in other ways.
Jen
There were some really interesting ideas. But a lot of it was either too gaudy or too modern looking. The taste level was lacking.
Manintheboat
It looks like you made it with your feet!

I would have gotten a 1, but it made me think about a piece of art I have been stuck on.
Lenna
There are some really awesome looking projects in here; if only I knew how to sew or had the money to spend on supplies.
Elizabeth Olson
Tons of good ideas and how-to's, enough to keep the creative juices flowing, and the projects coming, for months and months.
Wendy
I found alot of thing that I would like to try, Some of them where a little tacky but all in all it was a good book
AJ
Jun 11, 2012 AJ added it
Shelves: crafts, wish-list
There are a lot of projects in here that I would LOVE to do for the house but don't have the time right now.
Tanya
Lots of crafts using day to day and ordinary things, just didn't see anything that sparked my creativity.
Diane
the thing that even boggles me is that the staged photos for the book show sloppy technique.
Little
Jul 26, 2010 Little added it
Shelves: practical-stuff
Fun and crafty home decor projects with an emphasis on spray paint.
Mckinley
Like techniques but not so much how he implements them.
L.a. Smith
Great book. Lots of fun projects.
Meleofa
Just not my cup of tea.
Montanasmith
maybe if I was blind.....
Ramona Rice
Lots of great ideas!
Kelly
Kelly marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Aynge
Aynge marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2014
Lindsey
Lindsey marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2014
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