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The Big-Ass Book of Home Décor: 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 housef
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2010)
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Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think I've read all of Mark Montano's Big-Ass books and this one is decidedly upscale, which isn't saying much because a lot of the projects still look tacky and cheap. Relies heavily on hot glue and spray paint... There's inspiration to be had here, for sure, but his finished projects don't look very high end - and I firmly believe things can be hand-crafted AND expensive-looking.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
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
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafty-stuff
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
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Some of the use of colour and pattern are a little much for me but the idea of transformation is great.

With a little imagination these would be great to use for a new apartment, nursery or living room.

Great for new ideas.
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